Posted: Monday, January 24, 2022. 6:48 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Over the weekend, Sam’s Club in Santa Elena, Cayo District was robbed by five armed men, who went on to assault several customers in the store. Today the Belize Police Department has confirmed that one of the persons believed to be involved is a former police officer.
Speaking on the robbery itself, Williams expressed his disgust for the incident, having reviewed surveillance footage of the incident.
“It is a cruel and heinous act perpetrated by those involved. I was even more disturbed by the fact that one of the gunmen had the gun pointed at one of the persons in the store and despite that still hit the person in the face, that is really terrible,” Williams said.
We noted that San Ignacio police have managed to detain several persons believed to be responsible for the incident, however no one has yet been charged.
When asked if one of the persons detained is an active police officer, Williams replied, “No. That individual had been dismissed by me over a year ago and he is no longer a police officer. So an ex-police officer.”
Williams said that police hope to make significant progress towards making an arrest by the day’s end.
Just before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, the men entered Sam’s Club, stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register which was the day’s sales, and stole a number of other items including six laptops and other electronics. During the incident one of the robbers pistol whipped the store manager.
Four other people received injuries to the face during the incident. See full story here
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