Lady constable charged for theft from Cayo store
The Belize Police Department is reeling from yet another black eye tonight, following the arrest and arraignment of one of its own, who has been charged for theft. An operation at a Chinese grocery store on Good Friday has landed a woman police constable in hot water after it was discovered that she stole money from a cash register during a raid. On April fourteenth, sometime around nine-thirty in the morning, a team of officers descended on Little Red Shop, an establishment owned by an Asian businesswoman in Santa Elena, Cayo. They conducted a search for liquor and confiscated an assortment of spirits. Following the operation, the fifty-eight-year-old grocer noticed that a sum of two hundred dollars, in fifty dollar notes, was missing from the cash box. She then proceeded to review surveillance footage taken inside the store and quickly realized that W.P.C. Ann Marie Anthony had removed the money. A report was subsequently filed, and Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie directed that an investigation be carried out which confirmed that W.P.C. Anthony had pilfered the cash. Aside from facing a charge of theft she has been placed on interdiction. Anthony will be additionally charged for prejudice to good order and discipline. The latest scandal comes on the heels of a pair of officers being caught on camera shuttling contraband goods across the Belize/Mexico border near Botes. The duo, identified as Constable Jorge Ascurio and Alfredo Gongora, have since been charged and suspended from the Special Constable Program. Another pair of officers, P.C. Elston Rojas and Police Corporal Abner Marroquin, were also charged for illegally contrabanding a number of items after a vehicle chase by Customs officer near the northern border. Those incidents succeed a fiasco in San Pedro Town two weekends ago, when police officers opened fire during a scuffle outside of a popular nightclub. A woman was badly beaten by the cops.