Frontier police recover load of hijacked flat-screen TVs

Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo Workers unload a trailer full of flat screen televisions.

Officers of the Policía de Fronteras on the Caribbean coast got a tip that led them to 2,460 flat-screen televisions in San Isidro de La Virgen de Sarapiquí.

Officers secured the area until Judicial police arrived Monday. Police said that officials of the firm Gallo más Gallo de Alajuela S.A said the electronic merchandise was worth about 181 million colons or about $360,000. Gunmen hijacked the merchandise when the tractor trailer driver stopped briefly on Ruta 32 during the last week of the year.

Police detained the owner of the property, who was identified by the last names of Salas Segura. They were seeking six to 10 other individuals who pulled off the robbery.

In all police encountered two shipping containers and a storage area. The containers were mounted on truck beds.
Police also discovered a 9-mm. pistol in a vehicle on the property, they said.

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