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Man charged for Brodies $46,000 heist

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Sept. 5, 2013

Police say they have detained the man allegedly responsible for last Saturday evening’s daring heist that cost James Brodies & Company Ltd. more than $40,000 in cash.

He has been identified as 24-year-old mechanic, Sheldon Stanley Sosa, of an Albert Street address, someone who resides in the vicinity of the popular downtown shopping center.

This morning, at around 11:30 a.m., Sosa alone was arraigned in the Courtroom of Magistrate Clive Lino, where he was charged with a single count of robbery.

On Saturday, August 31, 2013, whilst armed with a firearm, Sosa allegedly held up security officer, Elison Emmert Lambey and stole from him a black plastic bag which contained, four other bags, and a total of $46,064.42, the property of James Brodies & Company Ltd.

According to Lambey, the male person, who was about 5’9” in height slim in build with a low haircut and was wearing a cap and a dark pair of shades, held him at gun point from behind and demanded that he hand over the black plastic bags; he complied.

The individual then ran into the direction of Church Street and was seen riding off on a bicycle which he got from an alleged accomplice who was standing at the corner of Church Street and Duck Lane.

He then rode off towards East Canal, making good his escape.

Sosa, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charge, but due to the nature of the offense, he was informed that he has to apply to the Supreme Court for bail since the lower court cannot offer him bail at this time for armed robbery.

Sosa is not due back in the court of Magistrate Lino until November 4, 2013.

Before his arraignment, Sosa, along with 27-year-old Kenroy Tyrone Gillett, a Stevedore and resident of Raccoon Street, Belize City, appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith and were jointly charged with two counts of firearm related offences.

Allegations are that on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, whilst in a vehicle, the two men were found in possession of a black  9 mm Beretta pistol with serial number, BER253180, along with 9 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition, for which a license had not been granted by the commission of police.

The men, who were unrepresented, both pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were also denied bail due to the nature of the offences.

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