Peru: Wave of restaurant robberies hits Lima

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Restaurants in Lima and Callao have been targeted by gangs in the past year, according to a recent report by El Comercio.

Between January 2012 and April 2013 there have been 32 incidents of restaurants being hit by gangs, the daily said. The episodes have left two police officers and one restaurant patron dead.

The thieves’ procedure is straightforward: steal wallets, purses, cellphones, jewelry, and laptops from patrons, and cash from the restaurants’ administrators. The average restaurant holdup takes no longer than 3 minutes.

The trend is not looking like it will ease up, given that in the last two weeks 8 restaurants have been robbed, El Comercio said.

The national police’s crime investigation unit have said they are after 10 gangs — hailing from districts such as Callao, San Martin de Porres, La Victoria, and San Juan de Lurigancho — who are thought to be behind the armed holdups.

Police colonel Cesar Iturrizaga said the number of restaurant robberies had increased due to these establishments’ lack of security personnel and cameras.

According to the daily, the Ministry of Interior has announced it its changing its security strategy in order to tackle these types of crimes.

Between January 2012 and April 2013 there have been 32 incidents of restaurants being hit by gangs, according to a recent article in El Comercio.

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