One Man, Two Women and a Boy arrested for Robbery of Hotdog Vendors Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00

AndrewPolice have detained two men and two women in connection with the robbery of two food vendors and a minor on Sunday, January 6th, near the Battle Field Park in Belize City. According to police, a food vendor reported that at about 3:30 a.m., she was at her hotdog stand near the Battle Field Park when she was approached by two dark complexion males and two dark complexion females, who ordered food from her. While preparing the food, one of the men approached her and placed a firearm to her side. He then proceeded to rob her of 5. The group then moved over to another vendor where they robbed her of 0. A 17-year-old student who was around at the time was also robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. The group then fled the scene; however, quick police response led to the pursuit of one of the suspects in which at the corner of Dean and Plues Streets he threw an object over a fence. He was caught and taken to the spot where the object was thrown and police recovered one black glock pistol containing one 9 mm live round in the magazine. The man was escorted to the Police station where he was identified as 20-year-old Andrew Talbert of #79 Allenby Street. He was then charged with Keeping Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun license. Three additional persons were later detained. They are 18-year-old Desiree Waight, 21-year-old Theresa Elijio and a 14-year-old minor.

Talbert appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Monday, January 7th, where he pleaded not guilty to the firearm offenses and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until February 19th, 2013. He reappeared in court on Tuesday, January 8th, along with the three alleged accomplices in the robbery. They were all charged with three counts of robbery and will be remanded at the Belize Central Prison until their next court appearance on February 19th.

Just recently, Talbert was convicted of a robbery which had occurred at Belize Farm Center. He was sentenced to 18 months but upon appeal, he was granted bail and that case has not yet been set for another trial.