Headline — 30 November 2016 — by Rowland A. Parks
Cops say customs broker stole 11 49-inch TV sets

BELIZE CITY, Fri. Nov. 25, 2016–Yesterday, Thursday, some family members of Justin Longsworth, a man who has been accused of a peculiar theft, waited for his arraignment to conclude so that they could sign bail for him, but that was not to be. Longsworth, whose attorney, Bryan Neal, appeared at his arraignment, was remanded to prison until his next court date on January 31, 2017.

Police charged Longsworth with one count of theft for stealing eleven 49-inch flat screen television sets, the property of Radisson Fort George Hotel. The theft allegedly occurred on October 31.

Longsworth, 21, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, but the court prosecutor objected to the court granting him bail. Chief Magistrate Smith upheld the objection to bail and remanded him to prison.

Longsworth, an employee of a custom brokerage firm, was given the specific task of clearing the television sets from Customs for his company’s client, the Radisson Fort George Hotel.

The television sets were ordered online by Radisson through Amazon.com.

Longsworth reported to his employer that he did not receive the eleven television sets.

Longsworth’s employer, however, reported to police on November 10 that there were documents confirming that he, Longsworth, had indeed received the television sets, and furthermore, that there was surveillance footage which confirmed that the television sets were cleared from Customs.

During the police’s investigation, they met a driver who allegedly told them that Longsworth had given him one of the television sets as payment for helping him to move them and for his silence on the matter.

The driver handed over the television set that he said Longsworth had given to him. The eleven television sets are valued at around $14,000.

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