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Police ask Cayo residents to be on alert following increasing reports of robberies and home invasions

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Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 11:03 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Police Department is asking residents in the Cayo district to be on alert following a series of robberies and home invasions in various areas throughout the district.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett, speaking on the latest home invasion at the residence of Ishmael Lopez, said that the family of five were held at gunpoint over the weekend by three Hispanic men. The men entered the house, located in the Kontiki area of San Ignacio, around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and stole cash along with Lopez’s vehicle.

“The police have stepped up operations in those areas and we are asking person to secure their homes properly and vehicles, because in most instances during these aggravated burglaries happening in the west, those homes are either not secured at the time the incidents are happening, or persons stepped outside of their homes to retrieve something from their vehicles,” Myvett said.

In February, Contractor General Omar Mitchell was the victim of a home invasion at his residence on the Benque Viejo road, where several items and his vehicle were stolen. In March two men broke into the home of an elderly American couple who live on Young Gyal Road in Teakettle Village, bound the couple up with duct tape and ransaked their house. Last Friday, Elmer Molina reported to police that while he was on the Arenal Road three armed Hispanic men stole his vehicle and headed off in the direction fo Guatemala.

 All the victims escaped the incidents without major injury, however, the frequency of the events is an increasing concern for authorities.

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