Crime — 14 December 2006 — by Keisha Milligan
Police are today seeking an aunt, Guatemalan Julia Portillo, a resident of the Orange Walk District, who they believed has already made her way over the Mexican border after she stole $20,000 from her niece, Rocio Portillo, and left her a note.
Portillo, a resident of Progresso Village, told police that sometime around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, she left her aunt and babysitter at home. Before she left home she placed $14,000 in Belizean currency, and $3,000 US in her chest of drawers.
When she returned around 4:30 that evening, she found that the money from her drawer was missing, and in its place she found a hand-written letter from her aunt.
The letter was very brief and only said that she had helped herself to the cash.
Police said that they made checks at the residence and found no signs of forced entry. In their attempt to solve the case and find the missing cash, police said that they have alerted their Mexican counterparts to be on the lookout for Julia Portillo. They have also alerted western border officials.