CANCUN — Two almost simultaneous assaults occurred Monday April 17 in bank branches in Cancun, with robbers getting away with a toal of more than $400,000 pesos. Meanwhile a corporate headquarters also suffered the theft of its computer equipment and surveillance cameras.
Shortly after noon two armed criminals entered the branch of Banorte, located in Avenida Jose López Portillo, in Region 92 and assaulted a cashier and then fled in a vehicle.
The bank worker told the cops that a stout, short-haired man about 42 years old pulled out a silver gun and demanded, with threatening words, to give him all the money in the safe and he won’t do anything, otherwise he would shoot. Meanwhile, his partner, a man between 20 and 25, ordered all clients of the bank to lie face down on the floor.
Faced with the fear of being injured, the cashier gave $200,000 pesos in cash to the assailant, while his minion approached one of the clients and forced him to give him a belly bag.
When the robbery was over, they both retreated at full speed, boarding a gray Aveo car, with tinted windows and plates apparently from a rental car. In this car they fled towards Kabah Avenue.
Although there were no shots or injuries, several people had to be attended by paramedics who came to the scene, presenting nervous breakdown.
Police and military immediately cordoned off the area, cutting off traffic on Avenida José Luis López Portillo and Francisco I. Madero (known as “Route 4”), causing considerable roadblocks in the area.
Meanwhile, patrols pursued the assailants by Lopez Portillo to the Sol Hall and toward Nichupte Avenue, without finding any indication of the thieves.
Subsequently, images of the security cameras of the bank were disseminated, in which the alleged assailants committed their crime, in addition to the vehicle used in the flight.
About 10 minutes later, in the parking lot of Chedraui supermarket in Mundo Maya plaza, also located on Lopez Portillo Avenue, a man who was accompanied by his pregnant wife was stripped of $200,000 pesos at the moment that he was going to deposit them in the Banamex branch.
The subject is a gas station worker and this cash was owned by this company, he told police after the events.
Two men intercepted the couple in the parking lot and stripped them of the money, before boarding a motorcycle, heading to an unknown place.
The police forces could not arrest these criminals either.
Later, another robbery was reported in a corporate building, located in Supermanzana 4, on Bonampak Avenue with Cielo Street, from which two laptop computers, a desktop computer, a monitor and 15 security cameras were carried.
The company staff said the robbery could have happened over the weekend and that everything seems to indicate that the thieves entered through the front door, since all the windows were in order.
April is the second consecutive month in which Cancún banks are targets of crime. At the end of last month, there were also two armed robberies, one of which was frustrated.
The first occurred on March 29, when a financial assistant was attacked outside the Bancomer branch in Plaza Cumbres, located on Colosio Boulevard. The subjects, who were not apprehended, escaped with about $90 thousand pesos.
Two days later, another person was about to be assaulted when he arrived at the Banorte at Supermanzana 4, but a retired lieutenant of the Mexican Army arrived in the place just at the time of the aggression, he drew his weapon and caused that the two subjects, “with foreign accents” according to witnesses, fled the place.
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