Four bus robbery suspects captured in morning raids

Judicial police have detained four men and said they made up a gang that robbed passengers and drivers of public buses on the San José-Alajuela route. The men, 18, 21, 24, and 26, were taken into custody during early morning raids in La Uruca and Barrio México.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that prosecutors were going to link these men to at least 10 robberies of buses.

When agents raided the four homes Monday to make the arrests, they said they found marijuana, cocaine, cash and cell telephones they believe had been taken in robberies. The cases had been under investigation since December, said agents.

The gang that robbed the buses would split up and board the vehicles at different stops, said agents. They would seat themselves in different parts of the bus and communicate with their associates via cell telephones.

At the time of the robberies they would pull out weapons and strip passengers of their belongings and take money and other items from the bus driver.

The Alajuela route has been plagued with robberies, mostly in the evening hours.

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