BELIZE CITY–A Caye Caulker man arrived at the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon in a police mobile unit and created quite a spectacle, because he was unable to walk and had to drag himself on his knees into the building.
Keith Burgess, 53, a fisherman of Caye Caulker, pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary when he was arraigned on the charge in the courtroom of Magistrate Dale Cayetano.
Cayetano offered him bail of $1,000 plus one surety in the same amount, and adjourned his case to December 4, 2014.
The allegation against Burgess is that on Monday, October 7, he entered as a trespasser, Bamooose Beach Bar & Grill, located on Caye Caulker, the business place of Sergio Alamilla, 52.
Burgess allegedly stole 20 whole lobsters valued at $250, the property of Alamilla.
Burgess, however, was observed on a surveillance camera.
Alamilla reported to police that at 10:30 a.m., they were watching the business surveillance camera when they saw Burgess, a man he told police that he knew well for more than 10 years. The camera showed Burgess in the ceiling of the building. Alamilla then called in the police for assistance, and that was when Burgess made up his mind that he would try to escape.
In his desperate bid to get away, Burgess jumped off the building and apparently broke or fractured his two legs. After his imperfect and painful landing, he only managed to move a short distance.
Police then arrested him and charged him with burglary.