British American Tobacco Employees Kidnapped
Three delivery and distribution workers from the British American Tobacco Group in Costa Rica were rescued by law enforcement officers after being taken hostage by two suspects, one of them armed with a pellet gun. According to metro reporter Alejandro Fonseca of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the incident occurred near the dairy farming community of Coronado, located in the outskirts of the capital city of Costa Rica. The report from Diario Extra explains that the three employees had completed a delivery of cigarette cartons and other tobacco products to a liquor store in Coronado when they were accosted by two armed individuals, who were dressed in clothing that resembled the uniforms of British American Tobacco Group employees in Costa Rica. The suspects commandeered the Daihatsu Terios delivery vehicle and forced the three delivery workers inside at gunpoint. Unbeknownst to the suspects, a passerby was watching the crime unfold from just around the corner while using a mobile phone to relay the actions to a dispatcher from Fuerza Publica (the national police force of Costa Rica).
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