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Big Monday Morning heist at Heritage Bank Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Belize City Police from Precinct 3 continue to investigate an armed bank robbery in which approximately $40,000 was stolen.

It happened on Monday, August 25, at the Heritage International Bank and Trust at the corner of Craig Street and Barrack Road. The entrance into this bank can only be opened by security guards who have to buzz customers in. That’s why when two men pretended to be legitimate customers at around 9 a.m., they were allowed into the bank. They then reportedly asked for one of the cashiers, and when that person went to speak with them, one of the men immediately went around the counter to the cash register area.

That man then grabbed two of the cash pans, filled with cash, an as he made his way toward the front entrance, the cashier tried to stop him. The other man then reportedly pulled out a weapon, pointed it at them, and ordered them to stay back. He then struck one of the security guards with the gun 3 times before they both went out the way they had come in.

One of the security guards saw them getting into a van, and that’s around the time when police were notified of the robbery in progress. They responded 2 minutes later, and immediately started their search for the suspects.

They’ve since impounded a van which they believe is the get-away vehicle, and 2 suspects have been detained. These men were identified based on what police saw on the surveillance cameras, but for formal charges to be brought, the suspects have to be picked out as the assailants in an identification parade.

The stolen money is still on the street, and police continue to diligently investigate.