Crime — 06 September 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Burglaries were reported by police in Hattieville, Independence and in Corozal, over the weekend. In Hattieville over $15,400 was stolen by thieves, while in Independence Village, thieves stole over $5,000 worth of merchandize, and in Corozal a thief stole $900 worth of goods, but he was captured.

About 11:00 yesterday morning a woman, 34, of Hattieville who is the caretaker of a two-flat concrete house off Dalla Bank Road in Hattieville owned by Trais Knuth of Orlando Florida, USA reported that sometime between August 19 and Sunday September 1, 2013, the upper flat of the house was burglarized and a thief or thieves stole and got away with goods including household items, tools, electronic items and groceries, totaling $7,822. Police have launched an investigation, but so far no one has yet been arrested, any suspects detained, or the items yet recovered.

Also in Hattieville, the house of a teacher was broken into and thieves got away with $7,680. The teacher, who resides on Camal Street in Hattieville, told police that sometime between 4:00 Sunday afternoon and 9:30 Sunday night, a thief or thieves burglarized his house from where they stole and got away with electronic items and two caps, to a total value of $7,680.

Police have begun an investigation into this burglary but no one has been arrested or any suspects detained.

The store of a Belizean business woman, 27, of Independence village was broken into and a thief or thieves stole and got away with about $5,040 worth of goods. The break in occurred sometime between 3:00 Friday evening and 2:00 Saturday afternoon. The businesswoman told police that about 3:00 on Friday evening August 30, she locked and secured her house and business place namely “Southern Clinic Lab”. She then departed but when she returned about 2:00 Saturday afternoon she saw her back wooden door damaged, and found her property has been broken into. She made checks in her place of business and found that the thief or thieves had stolen items to the value of $5, 040. Police began an investigation into this burglary, but no arrest has yet been made, or the items recovered.

At about 12:30 Sunday morning, September 1, police on patrol on College Road in Corozal captured a man red-handed burglarizing Alpha Lodge Hall, on the same road. The man was captured with a blue box containing a black hammer drill, valued about $850 along with an orange electrical cord valued about $30 and a blue and black hammer with silver head value $20. A member of the Lodge identified the items as being the properties of the Lodge, all to a total value of $900.

The man was immediately arrested, taken into custody, and charged with burglary and handling stolen goods.

Police said that they were on patrol in the area when they got information of the robbery in progress. They quickly responded and saw the man coming out of the building. He was stopped and searched and he and the items were taken to the Corozal Police Station.

The man, Rosendo Guy, 20, of San Andres Village was taken to the Corozal Magistrate Court today, and he was offered bail of $3,000 which he was unable to meet. He remains in police custody and will be remanded to the Belize Central Prison until Friday, October 18, when he is ordered to return to court.

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