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Jun 4, 2018

Taiwanese Businessman Gets Home Invaded

Wilfredo Ferrufino

A pair of thieves dressed as police officers got away with a serious amount of cash during a home invasion in Ladyville on Thursday night.  Taiwanese businessman Laing Gee Fong told police that the duo approached his residence and informed him that they would be conducting a search for firearms and ammunition.  Instead, the men bound Fong and his wife and proceeded to ransack his home before making off with twenty thousand dollars in Belize and U.S. currencies.  The incident is alarming and of concern to the department because it appears that legitimate police uniforms are being used in the commission of crimes.  According to investigators, an intensive probe is underway in Ladyville.

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“On May thirty-first, 2018, sometime around 9:30 p.m., police were called to the residence of Laing Gee Fong, a sixty-four-year-old Taiwanese national.  He reported that at about 8:50 on that same day, two individuals arrived at his home.  They were dressed in what appeared to be police uniforms.  This would be the number one dress for police officers.  The individuals indicated to him that they would be searching his home for firearms and ammunition and as a result he unlocked his residence or his door and let the two individuals in.  Whilst in there, they subdued him and tied him up and proceeded to search the residence.  They made off with cellular phones and five thousand dollars in U.S. currency and additional ten thousand dollars in Belizean currency.  The investigation is ongoing as we speak and no one has been detained in regards to this incident.”

 

Reporter

“Is surveillance footage available?”

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Police are looking into that at this point.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, it must be a huge concern for the department that criminals have used the officers uniform to fool this gentleman into opening his premises and trusting them.  Any comments in relation to that?”

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Right, at this point we had a similar report of someone dressed in what appeared to be police uniform and using that to enter the residence.  At this point there is an intense investigation ongoing by Ladyville police to look into this matter.  I know that there have been several house searches done on known persons, known criminals and the investigation continues.”

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