Freezone heist suspects caught Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

Corozal Police have charged  four men for the brazen armed robbery, which happened in the Commercial Free Zone, that netted the thieves 8,000.

 Corozal residents 26 year-old Hector Kelly and 18-year-old Brandon Myers were charged with robbery, while Israel Rancharan was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. All three were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on Monday, March 3, where they were granted bail of $20,000. On Friday, February 28, 21 year-old Benigno Loria of San Andres Village was charged and arraigned for conspiracy to commit robbery.

 These men are accused of robbing 48 year-old Ricardo Villasenor of 1.25 million pesos, or $208,000 Belize dollars. At around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 24, the Mexican businessman went into the Free Zone to make a purchase, and while on the compound of his establishment, North American Store, he opened the trunk of his car to retrieve the money. That’s when two men ambushed him, threatened him with a knife and told him to hand over the money. He said that he recognized the Spanish they spoke as being that of Belizean Hispanics.

 Fearing for his life, he handed over two bags of money which contained the entire sum; they then shoved him into the trunk and made their escape. Corozal investigators suspect that they may have had co-conspirators within the Free Zone to be able to assist them with surveillance and an easy escape route, since the facility has strict security protocols in place to try to deter crimes.