Clarence Lamb, BTB robber, gets long prison sentence

crThe man who robbed the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in January and was shot during his escape attempt was sentenced to 46 years in prison on Monday.

Magistrate Ann Marie Smith stipulated that the sentences are to run concurrently.

Lamb, therefore, will only spend 12 years in prison for the ten offences he was charged with.

Smith questioned Lamb on his reasons for carrying out the robbery, considering that he had recently completed a two-year prison sentence.

Lamb, in  a barley audible voice, blamed what he called “the oppressive system” that makes it difficult for him to find work.

On January 2, Lamb and another man entered the BTB’s headquarters on Regent Street and held up the cashier and a number of employees.

Both men, one of whom was armed with a knife and the other with a handgun, then attempted to escape, but Lamb was shot by  BTB security officer, Edwin Torres, and he fell a short distance from the BTB office.

Lamb was apprehended and the $1,732, which he was about to make off with in two cash pans, was recovered.

Police later charged Lamb with ten offences, including keeping an unlicensed gun and ammunition, robbery and seven counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

When he was arraigned on robbery charges, on January 7, Lamb pleaded not guilty, but, in court this week, he changed his plea to “guilty”.

Lamb’s accomplice was never caught.

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