By Marion V. Ali
Belize City police have charged four men for the brazen, early-morning armed robbery at First Caribbean Bank, San Cas Branch last Friday, during which the robbers, who wore no masks, got away with around $50,000 in cash.
The men – Patrick Jones, 22, of Gabourel Lane, Jermaine Belgrave, 33, of Courtenay’s Crescent, Jarret Crawford, 30, of Gabourel Lane and Emmerson Skyers, 24, of Cemetery Road are all charged jointly with armed robbery.
The robbery took place soon after the bank’s branch at San Cas Plaza opened for business around 8:30 last Friday morning. During the turmoil one of the bank’s female employees suffered minor injuries.
At the time of the robbery the bank had several customers in line waiting to receive service.
Eyewitnesses reported that five men, dressed as regular customers, ordered the bank’s security guards and everyone inside to the ground, jumped over the counter and hauled away a bymber of cash bags. They fled in a green vehicle which was waiting for them with its motor running.
Police quickly identified the men, as surveillance footage from the bank’s camera’s caught them bare faced. Of the four, three are known criminals. Investigators are hoping to make the last arrest by the end of the week. Up to Wednesday, none of the money had been recovered.
First Caribbean Bank’s San Cas branch was also targeted in March of 2012, when another armed robbery ended in the death of Alberto Assi, one of the robbers, who was fatally shot.