Security firm operator held in robbery of car in Heredia

Ministerio de Gobernacióbn, Policía y Seguridad Púbica photo Suspect is detained outside his Heredia home while police search the premises.

Fuerza Pública officers detained the operator of a security firm after a chase punctuated by gunshots in Heredia Saturday night. Police said the weapons and communications devices owned by the security firm were used to rob vehicles.

In all, five persons were detained late Saturday and Sunday after a motorist said gunmen took his vehicle in Barrio Corazón de Jesús in Heredia Saturday night.

Police were able to locate the stolen vehicle parked at a home in Barrial de Heredia. Three men in a vehicle nearby fled when they saw police, and a chase ensued.

The operator of the security firm, identified by the last names of Ruiz Jiménez, was detained after receiving a bullet in the leg.

Also detained was his brother with the same last names and a companion, identified by the last names of Martínez Bustos. Police said the black car in which the men fled matched the description of that used by the car robbers.

Sunday the security ministry’s Unidad Especial de Apoyo conducted a search of the Barrial de Heredia home and encountered the stolen car. They detained a man with the last names of Mora Zúñiga and a woman, the presumed occupants of the house.

Police said that the security firm owner had been arrested previously on a car theft allegation.

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