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Thieves rip off entire automated teller machine at Escuela Mexico; estimated $100,000 stolen

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2022. 8:16 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: As many as four persons are suspected of ripping off an automated teller machine (ATM) belonging to the Belize Bank and stationed at Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico in San Roman, Corozal District, early on Sunday morning.

The group reportedly held up the school’s watchmen, Faustino Dominguez and Alfonso Castaneda, as well as a teenage farm attendant coming to work, then stole various equipment and broke into the building where the ATM is located by removing its metal door. They disabled the security cameras, electrical lines, and alarm system before actually removing the metal box containing the cash. The men then placed the box in an SUV before fleeing the scene.

Police say the bank estimated that the machine contained as much as $100,000.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Officer for the Police Department, indicated in a briefing that “We do believe that it’s someone or maybe persons that have knowledge of the whole operation,” drawing a comparison with a similar incident in the Corozal area a few years ago. He added that the men were spotted dressed in camouflage gear, suggesting police or military ties. He added, “we are asking the general public to assist us if they may know or have any information that could help the police to detain these persons.”


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