Crime — 23 May 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Two men charged in connection with theft of $11,155 worth of jewelry

Two men, a construction worker and a Port of Belize stevedore, were both released on bail after they appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, to be arraigned on charges of burglary and handling stolen goods, in connection with $11,155 worth of jewelry that were stolen from a home in the West Landivar area of Belize City.

Police charged Jamil Meighan, 25, a construction worker residing at 8250 Ivor Street, with one count of burglary, and Wilfred Javier Stanley, 30, a stevedore residing at 173B Neal Pen Road, with six counts of handling stolen goods.

Both men were arraigned separately, but there was no objection from the court’s prosecutor to offering them bail.

Cayetano offered them bail of $6,000 plus one surety in the same amount and adjourned their case to June 22.

Police are alleging that sometime between April 9 and 12, Jamil Meighan entered Janelle Reyes’s home as a trespasser and stole several pieces of jewelry, with a combined value of $11,155.

Based upon their investigation, police charged Stanley with the six counts of handling stolen goods.

Police investigators recovered the stolen jewelry at three Belize City pawnshops, namely, JEC Co. Ltd., Monica’s Pawn Shop, and JL’s Quick Loan. The items were all pawned in the name of Stanley.

Police are alleging that Stanley, on April 15, dishonestly assisted in the disposal of two gold chains valued at $400.

The second count of handling stolen goods is for an incident which occurred on April 17, when Stanley assisted in the disposal of a Tiffany-designed gold bracelet valued at $500. On that same day, he also assisted in the disposal of a pair of hoop design earrings valued at $225.

The fourth charge of handling stolen goods relates to Stanley’s actions on April 24, when he assisted in the disposal of a gold ring with diamonds valued at $3,000, and a pair of heart-shaped hoop gold earrings valued at $750.

Stanley’s fifth count of handing stolen goods is for the role he played in the disposal of a pair of round gold medallions valued $2,000 and a pair of Chanel earrings valued at $250. The incident for which he received the sixth count occurred on April 14, when he allegedly assisted in the disposal of a Tiffany gold chain valued at $1,500.

All the items that police recovered from the three pawn shops were identified as the property of Janelle Reyes.

Out of the $11,155 worth of jewelry that was reportedly stolen from Reyes’ house, police recovered a total of $10,930 worth of the items.

According to police, in a statement that Meighan gave, he allegedly directed them to Stanley, his accomplice, who had the stolen items that Reyes reported were taken from her home between the hours of 8:30 p.m., on April 9, and 10:30 a.m., on April 12, when her home was burglarized.

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