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Federal police arrest Cancun military soldier for robberies

Cancun, Q.R. — Federal Police of Quintana Roo say they have arrested a man in flagrante delicto who is a soldier and member of the military police based outside Cancun.

The arrest took place at an Oxxo in Region 94 of Cancun after police recieved a call from store employees about a theft. When police arrived, they caught a young man red-handed.

According to their report, federal authorities say the theft occurred during early morning hours while they were on a surveillance tour. The police members entered an Oxxo convenience store in Region 94 after employees reported being victims of theft, saying the aggressor was still inside.

Police arrived to find José Ignacio Montalván, an identified soldier of the Military Police of 29 Batallón based in Isla Mujeres-Cancún. He provided identification that he was an active member of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).

Federal Police took him into custody. He is alleged to be responsible for two other store thefts involving a Cancun taxi driver.

Earlier this year, more than 3,000 military were brought to Cancun after a 680-million-peso military base was constructed. The men and women were brought in to help fight crime and insecurity in the city.

In October, shortly after their arrival, 11 military police were arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in the Cancun Hotel Zone.