Crime — 16 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Two weapons, a 12-gauge and a 20-gauge shotgun, were stolen from their owners in two separate incidents.

The 12-gauge Harrington and Richardson shotgun, S/N AU629146, valued at $250, was stolen at about 4:30 Saturday morning from its owner – Eloy Briceño, 43, a ferry operator — in Paraiso, Corozal District, where he resides.

Briceño told police that he had gone hunting early in the morning in the Paraiso area and was carrying the shotgun on his motorcycle. He parked the motorbike and put the gun beside the motorbike and went into the bushes, he said.

According to Briceño, when he came out of the bushes shortly after, the shotgun had been stolen.

The Stevens 20-gauge shotgun, serial number 00990511, was stolen from a sand and gravel pit in the La Democracia area, Mile 31 on the George Price Highway, in Monkey Bay, at about 7:00 Friday evening.

The sandpit’s watchman told police that he had left the gun and two cartridges in a hammock inside a white metal container and had gone out.

When he returned, he found that the container had been broken into and the gun was gone. The shotgun is valued at $700.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in recovering the weapons. Anyone who has information about the thefts is urged to contact the Hattieville police, or the nearest police station.

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