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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2018.  5:58 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Ladyville police are investigating a “fake” checkpoint set up on the Maskall road.

Yesterday morning around 10:30, Ladyville police responded to reports of a robbery on Maskall Road, Belize district.

 Police went to mile 22 on the old Northern highway and met Jimmy Valdez, 25, park sub-director for the Institute of Archaeology; Errol Torres, 59, Belizean park ranger and Felix Cruz, 29, assistant park manager.

The men told police that when they were approaching mile 4 from the Sandhill village junction with the Philip Goldson highway they saw a check point.

At the check point, they saw 1 man dressed in black clothing and another man dressed in camouflage clothing appearing to be police officers searching an SUV.

 The park rangers approached the check point and the men in black and camouflage allegedly stole  a Smith and Wesson .9mm pistol containing ten live .9mm rounds from Valdez.

The gun and ammo are the property of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).

The men in black and camouflage also stole a manila envelope containing $4,615 belonging to NICH.

They also stole cell phones from the rangers.

Police are investigating.

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