Bandits intercept worker going to downtown job

There was another robbery of a store in San José Centro Monday, but investigators released very little information.

Agents said bandits intercepted an employee as the individual was going to work at 2 a.m. The bandits had firearms and threatened and tied up all the employees present. Then they fled with 900,000 colons, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The robbery is the most recent in a series of stickups that have been taking place in the center of San José. The bulk of the places robbed have been hotels. Agents did not describe the nature of the latest business to be robbed.

Typically one band of robbers operates at night, between 10 p.m. and the early morning hours.

An hour after the 2 a.m. stickup at 3 a.m. a robber wearing the uniform of a Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad employee showed up at a branch of the telecom company in Guadalupe. When a guard opened the door for a person he thought was an employee, two more men appeared and held pistols on the guard, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was tied up, and the bandits ransacked the offices and took a cell telephone and the guard’s pistol.

The current band of robbers seems to deal in disguises. Two men stuck up a downtown hotel about 10 a.m. a week ago. They were let in because they carried suitcases as if they were to be guests.

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