BELIZE CITY, Fri. Oct. 15, 2021– On Tuesday, October 12, Dr. Marie Reyes and Nurse Melinda Guerra were robbed of US $13,000, gold jewelry and a Toyota Hilux by four masked men who forcibly entered their home on Chancellor Avenue in the West Landivar area of Belize City in the wee hours of the morning. On Friday, October 15, the police officially made an arrest, as they continue to seek suspects.
The Hilux truck is believed to have already been transported across the Guatemalan border.
Police have so far made one arrest in connection with the incident. The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Egbert “Jack” Vernon of Fabers Road. His accomplices are yet to be found.
Following his apprehension, Vernon was arraigned in court before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Police believe that they have enough evidence to tie Vernon (in whose home police found a number of the items stolen from Reyes’ and Guerra’s house) to the theft of the stolen Hilux pickup, an assortment of gold jewelry, and a little over 13,000 US dollars.
Vernon’s attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, however, is asserting that the evidence gathered by police is not sufficient to tie his client to the robbery.
Bradley said that the sole crime for which his client should have been charged was handling stolen goods; nonetheless, no plea was made. Vernon’s request for bail was denied due to the nature of the incident. He now remains on remand at the Belize Central Prison until December 2021.
This incident is the second time Vernon will be charged for a heist of such magnitude. Back in 2005, he was identified as the driver of a getaway vehicle in which two robbers escaped with $65,000 after holding up Princess personnel at gunpoint.