General — 03 September 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Police have found two computers which had been stolen from the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired’s Orange Walk Branch office, which had been burglarized last weekend. The computers, which are essential to the work of the BCVI Orange Walk Branch, were found along with their accessories wrapped in plastic bags in some bushes in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 31, but no one was found in the area at the time.

BCVI said that the office, located on Jabiru Street, was broken into sometime over the weekend of Friday, August 23, to Monday, August 26, but they believe that the burglary occurred at some point during the night of Friday, August 23, when a tropical storm battered the country.

The thieves gained entrance to the building by prying open the burglar bars securing the window located at the southwest of the cement structure, and removing the louvers. Once inside, the thief or thieves ransacked the office and stole the computers, one of which was used by BCVI’s in-house doctor and the other of which was used by the rehabilitation field officer.

Shamira Carrillo, BCVI Rehab Field Officer for Orange Walk and Corozal, told reporters that when she got the call Monday morning that the office had been burglarized, she went there to assess the situation and found that two computers had been stolen, one from her office and the other from the doctor’s office.

The computers were very important because they contain data and necessary information about the public in Orange Walk. Carrillo had sent out a plea to the thief, or thieves, to return the computers because they are critical to their work.

Carrillo said that this was the fourth time the office has been burglarized by thieves. Police said that upon receiving a report of the burglary, they immediately began their investigation, and with the help of the public, went to an area in Louisiana, where they recovered the computers on Saturday, about one week after they were stolen from the office.

Police continue to investigate the theft.

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