Arrest is just minor inconvenience for some crooks

One of the two Belén suspects awaits transport. Photo: Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública

As in the words of Yankee great Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again for police.

The first case was that of a man with the last names of Garcia Tovar. The Policía Turistica picked him up Wednesday about 4 p.m. near the La Merced church. They said he was carrying 40 grams of cocaine, 282,000 colons and $370. The man tried to flee, but officers caught him, they said.

Police also discovered that the man carried a Colombian passport that did not show any entry stamps for Costa Rica, said Eric Aguilar of the tourism police.

Police turned the man over to prosecutors for processing.

Then Thursday morning two tourism police officers spotted the same man near the building of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros in north San José. The man again was carrying cocaine, some 45 grams, officers said. Once again the man was turned over to prosecutors.

In San Antonio de Belén Wednesday other Fuerza Pública officers broke up a robbery at an auto parts store. Police detained two suspects, who, they found out later, had been sentenced to seven years for armed robbery. However, the men, identified by the last names of Gómez Duarte and Pérez Cárcamo, had been granted conditional liberty by the courts, officers said.

The robbers pulled a gun on the store operator about 2 p.m. and tried to carry off a small safe. Asdrúbal Morra, the chief of the Belén region for the Fuerza Pública said that officers recovered 54,000 colons and 70,000 colons in the safe. They also recovered an expensive cell telephone belonging to the store operator, he said.

The two suspects are in preventative detention, according to officers.

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