Bandits steal $36,000 in heist at lottery office

Three armed men in ski-masks robbed an office of the Junta de Protección Social in downtown Alajuela Tuesday morning.

A police bulletin said that the men took 18 million colons (approximately $36,000) and stole a car as they escaped.

According to the bulletin, the three men stuck up a group of employees entering the facility as they were about to open at 7:15 a.m. The bulletin said the men forced the manager to open the safe.

As the men were escaping, the report says, they ran into another employee who had just arrived, forced that employee outside and stole the individual’s car.

A police spokesperson confirmed that the office is 250 meters south of the Cruz Roja building the center of Alajuela. The Junta de Protección Social runs the public lottery.

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