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Jul 11, 2017

Police working with Guat counterparts to stop vehicle theft

The body of thirty-seven-year-old Ervin Rene Huex awaits transfer to Guatemala, following a deadly shootout on Saturday with Belizean law enforcement.  Huex was one of two thieves who robbed a pair of men at gunpoint before relieving them of a Toyota Hilux.  The incident happened along the Chaa Creek Road and the fatal encounter took place on the Bullet Tree Road in the vicinity of Calla Creek.  The theft of these specific pickup trucks and the frequency with which they are stolen suggests that there is a ring operating within the Melchor and Cayo District areas.  So is the police department liaising with its counterparts across the western border to arrest automotive theft?

 

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

Allen Whylie

“We’ve always shared information through our Special Branch contact with our counterparts over there.  Additionally, there is normally a monthly meeting held between the commander of Benque from the Belize side and the commander of Melchor de Mencos where they share this kind of information.  Indeed, we have had a number of vehicles stolen over the years and so there is a well-organized ring operating.  We’ve been able to recover several vehicles from over Guatemala with the assistance of our counterparts and in this case, over this weekend, well, the quick response of the police led to the recovery of that vehicle and the unfortunate incident of the shooting which resulted in the death of one of the robbers.”

 

Twenty-year-old Marlon Portillo was also injured during the shootout and remains hospitalized under police guard.  It is expected that he will be charged for his role in the botched carjacking in the days ahead.

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