MEN DRESSED IN POLICE ATTIRE ROBBED TAIWANESE NATIONAL

Two Men dressed in Police attire reportedly robbed a Taiwanese national and his wife inside their Ladyville home.  According to reports, on Thursday night at about 9 p.m. the men approached the home of 64 years old Taiwanese National, Liang Gee Fong and told him that they had a warrant to search his home for guns and ammunition. As a result, Fong reportedly opened his home to the men posing as officers. While they were inside the house, the men over powered Fong and his wife and tied them up. After which, the men proceeded to rob Fong of his personal belongings.  Police tells us more 

Wilfredo Ferrufino, National Crimes Investigation Branch: On the 31st of May 2018 sometime around 9:30 p.m., police were called to the residence of Liang Gee Fong, a 64 year-old Taiwanese national. He reported that at about 8:50 on that same day, 2 individuals arrived at his home. They were dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms. This would be the #1 dress for police officers. The individuals indicated to him that they would be searching his home for a firearm and ammunition. As a result, he unlocked his residence, or his door, and let the 2 individuals in. Whilst in there, they subdued him and tied him up, and proceeded to search the residence. They made off with cellular phones, and $5,000 in US currency, and an additional $10,000 in Belize currency. The investigation is ongoing, as we speak. No one has been detained in regards to this incident.

Ferrufino advises Belizeans to request identification from officers if there is any doubt of an officer’s true identity.

Wilfredo Ferrufino, National Crimes Investigation Branch: At this point, we had had a similar report of someone dressed in what appeared to be police uniform and using that to enter the residence. At this point, there is an intense investigation ongoing by Ladyville police, to look into this matter. I know that there has been several house searches done from known persons, known criminals in that area, and the investigation continues.

Reporter: How you advise law abiding citizens who see this uniform, they recognize it as something police and they have that tendency to trust that these people are actually who they say they are.

Wilfredo Ferrufino, National Crimes Investigation Branch: If you have any doubt, major – or the entire police department have ID card that is assigned to them, if there is any doubt. And you could ask for the police ID, and that should be available to provide it to any individual that asks

Police has made no arrest in relation to this matter.

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