Crime General — 27 January 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego

COROZAL TOWN, Sun. Jan. 25, 2015–Magdaleonie Tzul, 28, of Corozal Town, a fugitive who had been on the run from police since July 2014, has been captured.

Tzul was arrested at about 9:30 Friday night by a newly formed unit, called the Corozal Police Quick Response Team, led by Corporal Marvin Salam.

Tzul is presently detained at the Corozal Police Station pending arraignment in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on multiple charges of burglary and theft.

Police say that among the many crimes committed by Tzul, for which he was wanted, was an act of theft that involved the siphoning of gasoline from a vehicle owned by Can Jin Chen, 30, a Chinese businessman of 5th Avenue, Corozal Town. The offense was captured on security cameras.

Jin Chen reported that sometime between the hours of 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, July 25, and 7:50 Saturday morning, July 26, 2014, his vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, which he parked in front of his house, was broken into by a thief who shattered the right gypsy window, valued at $300.

The thief then entered the vehicle and stole an MP3 player valued at $30, along with a USB flash drive valued at $30 and a DuraLast vehicle battery valued at $300, causing a total loss of $660 to the businessman.

Police reported that they reviewed the surveillance camera recording that captured what took place outside of Jin Chen’s house and saw a man of Creole descent around his vehicle between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 4:14 a.m.

Police saw the man stealing fuel out of the vehicle’s tank, and saw him walking to and from the vehicle with a bucket and a rubber hose. The gas tank’s fuel cap was left open.
The thief was identified as Magdaleonie Tzul, according to police.

Tzul is no stranger to the Corozal police, as he has been charged for various offences, including the burglary of the Methodist Primary School in Corozal Town in 2012.

Also, on November 15, he was arrested and charged for a series of burglaries in the Corozal Town area after finger-printing experts of the Corozal police, who investigated two of the burglary scenes, lifted fingerprints and matched them with his.

The scenes of crime investigators confirmed that his prints also matched fingerprints lifted from other burglaries.



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