“Real” Police issue warning about “fake” police following two robberies

Posted: February 11, 2016. 6:09 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: This evening the Police Department issued an advisory warning of vigilance to the general public, business owners and security firms.police badge big

This is because two robberies occurred during the past 24 hours – one in Eastern Division (North) and one in Eastern Division (South) – involving the accused robbers gaining access to the premises by purporting to be police officers.

The first incident took place around 11:40 Wednesday night at the compound of Channel Broadcasting Cable (CBC) on C Street Belize City.

A security guard told police that while at the back of the company’s compound he heard a loud banging and saw a light from the front of the compound. At the same time he heard someone shout, “Police, Police, come out.”

The guard came out and met two Hispanic men dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms and sweaters in maroon and green, respectively and one carried a 12 gauge shotgun, while the other had a flashlight. They told him that they had received a call about an illegal firearm being concealed on the premises and said that a search will be conducted.

The search turned up nothing and the second man with the flashlight requested that he show them his firearm, which he did. The man then took it away and informed him that he will be taken to the police station for questioning and tied him up and left him behind, taking the weapon.

Almost 24 hours earlier, a dispatcher at Harpy Security Firm located on Antelope Street Extension, Belize City reported that whilst on duty at her place of work, she heard someone at the front door. She checked and saw a man dressed in a khaki button-down shirt, tucked inside a blue long pants and a black warm hat on his head who identified himself as a “police officer” who wished to make checks on the business place. She opened the front grill door and allowed him to enter.

Upon entering, he pulled out a knife from his pants waist and grabbed her around the neck and took her inside the main office where he demanded that she open one of the doors. She complied and he started to search. He then went back to the main office and told her that he has been watching the place for a while and that he knows her family and not to call for the “real” Police and left. She then called her supervisor who made checks and found out that nothing was stolen. Police are investigating both incidents.

The Police advise that business owners should revisit their security systems and mechanisms in order to safeguard their businesses and properties especially firearms and assist in the prevention of these incidents by first confirming that indeed persons presenting themselves are police officers by requesting their identification cards. When in doubt, seek confirmation by calling 911 or your police precinct in your area.

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