In San Bernardo, Metropolitan Region of Chile, a man implicated in an attempted mass robbery at Walmart supermarket warehouses has had his detention extended until Tuesday. The 42-year-old Chilean suspect, who has a criminal record, was apprehended following a botched operation involving between 30 and 35 individuals.
The Chilean Carabineros sprang into action after locals reported torched vehicles at the intersection of Central Highway and Colon Avenue, which turned out to be linked to the foiled robbery. The culprits had forced their way through a security fence to gain access to the warehouses and fled upon becoming aware of police presence. This prompted a confrontation, culminating in the overturning of two vehicles and the arrest of the man who had hidden in nearby vegetation.
Anticipated Legal Proceedings
Upon receiving the results of forensic examinations, he is expected to be formally charged with attempted robbery. Mayor Christopher White (PS) has urged the government to ramp up crime prevention and consider applying the Critical Infrastructure Law. This would allow for the deployment of Armed Forces to protect public spaces and free up Carabineros for more effective enforcement.
The Bigger Picture
Over the past six months, over two hundred fines have been imposed on livestock owners who have had their animals stolen from their pastures. This situation has drawn strong criticism from these citizens, who label these penalties as unfair and nonsensical. Livestock owners who have fallen victim to animal theft also face fines of up to three thousand pesos, supposedly for negligence leading to the loss of these animals.