Security Issues; like1980?

Liverpool San Miguel de Allende

Liverpool San Miguel de Allende

By Atención San Miguel

On Wednesday, October 7, 1980, at 11:20am, masked gunmen stole almost one million pesos from the Serfin bank. It was recorded as the first armed bank robbery in San Miguel’s history.

The five men entered the bank unmasked, and then four of them covered their faces with ski masks and controlled the staff. One stood by the entrance of the bank; another went to the area for the staff serving the public; a third threatened the five customers in the bank at the time. With a 38-calliber pistol, the remaining two forced the manager, Héctor Alba Silva, to open the vault and hand over the money. The cash was put into a green bag. Two cashiers were forced to hand over cash, too. After getting the money, the thieves ran out of the building and escaped in a pick-up truck towards the Salida a Querétaro.

Thieves Escaped by Bicycles in 2016

On last Sunday, April 3, at approximately 8:48pm, four men entered Liverpool, broke the glass showcases in the jewelry section, and took the watches with them; it is believed that they escaped by bicycle.

The 066 emergency system received the call about a robbery in progress at Liverpool. This robbery, according to District Attorney Armando Amaro Vallejo, did not last more than two minutes. Ricardo Benavides, Secretary of Public Safety in San Miguel told Atención that a patrol car arrived at the store in less than four minutes, and they immediately followed the thieves’ route, provided by private security officers at the store.

At Valle del Maíz, where the four criminals were lost, police officers found just one bicycle that they might have used for escaping. The bicycle is now at the District Attorney’s Office, and it is part of the investigation. Secretary Benavides made it clear that the members of his group did everything they could to find the criminals, but the darkness made it difficult to achieve better results. The value of the stolen watches is unknown, said Amaro Vallejo.

Secretary Benavides said in addition that the department store needed better trained security personnel and they need to be very alert, supervising “who enters, who goes out, and how they go out.” He noted that the permits to private companies offering security services are granted by the federation; however, the Secretariat will conduct an investigation on the status of the training of these personnel and, if it is necessary, the city council will notify the federation so they can analyze the granted permits. Amaro Vallejo assured that all lines of investigation are open.


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