By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
About $40,000 was stolen from Provident Bank & Trust of Belize Limited on Barrack Road around 9:15 a.m. on Monday morning.
According to Inspector Santiago Ciao, OC Precinct Three, two unmasked men entered the bank and asked to see the cashier.
After the men were buzzed in and the cashier was called out, one of the men rushed into her cubicle and went straight for the bottom drawer where he pulled out a red and black cash pan and proceeded to make his way out as the cashier chased behind him.
The other man then pulled out a .38 revolver and pointed it at the employees.
The gunman took the security guard up to the counter then hit him with the gun three times in the head and ordered him to lie on the floor before fleeing from the bank with two cash pans in his possession.
As the men fled from the scene a security guard chased after them and saw them get into a van, which was waiting for them, in which they escaped.
Police have reviewed the surveillance footage from the establishment to assist their investigation.
According to Ciao, there was only one security guard on duty at the entrance of the bank.
The other security guard was out in the compound at the time the incident unfolded inside the establishment.
Ciao said the police are still conducting their investigation and revealed they have impounded a van that they suspect was involved in the crime.
Police have one person detained for the robbery.
Ciao indicated that police are following all leads, including the angle that the robbery may have been an inside job.