Crime — 30 August 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Even as those who believe in the cause of supporting the visually impaired — like the outstanding Rowan Garel and the BCVI team who dived in the Blue Hole last month – try to raise money to support the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired’s activities to assist those with vision problems, the BCVI continues to be subject to those willing to plunder the facility.

The BCVI Headquarters, located on Jabiru Street in Orange Walk, was burglarized, for the fourth time, on Friday, August 23, and two important computers of the center were stolen.

One of the computers belongs to the in-house doctor of the facility, and the other was used by the rehab field officer for the northern districts of Orange Walk and Corozal. .

Shamira Carrillo, the BCVI’s rehab field officer, told reporters that the thieves gained entry into the building by prying out the burglar bars and forcing out the louvers of the concrete building.

She said that the computers are key to the proper functioning of the organization, because all the data related to individuals whom they contact are on the computer, and without the machines, the operations of BCVI Orange Walk will be hindered. The organization urges the thieves to return the computers to them.

Although partially incapacitated by the loss of the computers, the BCVI will conduct clinics this week on Wednesday and Friday. Throughout September, clinics will be held on Mondays and Fridays. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Orange Walk Police Department at 322-2022.

The organization’s Research Officer said that this is the fourth time that thieves have targeted their office. She strongly urges computer shops, computer users, pawn shops, and the public, not to buy the computers, and urges individuals who might know the whereabouts of the computers to contact the police.

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