Two more Chinese business establishments in Corozal fell victims to the hands of robbers last night. In the first incident Ri You Lin, 42 year old Belizean/Chinese Businesswoman of Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town, informed police that on Thursday April 3rd, at about 7:15pm, she was at her business place namely China Store when two male persons of dark complexion entered the store.
One of the individuals, armed with a pump action shotgun, was wearing a red jacket with a dark color hood and black stocking mask while the second, armed with a machete, was wearing a dark color jacket with hood and black stocking mask. According to Lin, as soon as the men entered the store they demanded that she hand over all the cash. Fearing for her life, she did as she was told and handed over $1,200.00 to the criminals. The men also walked away with $700.00 worth of Smart phone cards. Police are looking for two men suspected to be from Belize City.
The second robbery played out approximately two hours after near the same area. This time a 28 year old Naturalized Belizean Chinese businessman of Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town, was the victim. The victim reported to police that at about 9:00p.m he was opening the shutters of Ban's Store in order for his brother-in-law to exit, when two male persons, one of Hispanic decent and the other of dark complexion came out from the side of the shop and walked up towards him. The men were wearing dark clothing and what appeared to be warm caps which covered their faces. According to the victim, the individual of dark complexion pointed a firearm at him.
Inside the store at the time of the robbery was a minor who was robbed of $7.00 and his white bicycle. But the ordeal does not end there. The owner of the store, along with his brother-in-law and the minor were ordered to enter the shop at gun point. Once the trio was inside the two male persons then pulled down the shutters and locked them inside and ordered them not to move.
The Hispanic male person then searched the drawers and took out the sum of approximately $1,500.00 in different denominations while the male person of dark complexion, searched the owner of the store and took away (2) Iphones from him. Both men made good their escape. Police have detained two men, both of San Antonio Village, Corozal, pending the outcome of their investigation.
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