6 Accused in Attempted Northern Fishermen Robbery Arraigned on Gun Charges
On Monday, police managed to stop a robbery taking place at the North Front Street offices of Northern Fishermen Cooperative Society Limited in Belize City. Tonight, several well-known criminal figures are remanded to the Central Prison on firearm-related offenses in connection with the incident. Five adult men – taxi driver Gilroy Thompson; Dorian Blair, Aaron Flowers, Kenroy Vanzie and Collet Montero, along with a sixteen year old minor, appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. They are charged with keeping an unlicensed nine millimetre Ruger pistol and twelve live rounds of ammunition for which no license was granted. The adults pleaded not guilty, but the minor attempted to plead guilty. The Magistrate conferred with the minor and his father in camera, after first eliciting from the minor that he knew a crime had been committed and that he was not being forced to take the rap. However, when the minor appeared to be unclear in his response to whether he knew what he was being charged with, the Magistrate decided not to accept the guilty plea. All six men were denied bail and the minor was sent to the Belize Youth Hostel. Charges for attempted robbery and other offenses are pending. Police acted on intelligence received and caught the group in action a block away at the corner with Pickstock Street. No one was injured and the accused robbers didn’t get anything. The six accused return to court on March thirteenth, 2017.