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Jan 23, 2012

Elections Office in Dangriga burglarized

Last week Tuesday night, aspiring U.D.P. Town Councilor, Severo Guerrero was caught at the Elections and Boundaries office in San Pedro going through election data. The officer in charge, Merilee Squires, has since been suspended for allowing Guerrero access to the computer. On Friday morning, at about four-thirty the alarms were sounded that the Elections and Boundaries office in Dangriga had been burglarized. Alberto August, the Chair of the Elections and Boundaries Commission, confirmed the incident, saying that intruder, nineteen year old Daniel Garcia, had been busted inside the office. Garcia had on him a knapsack in which he had grocery items, which belonged to staff members. The huge find, however, was that police found a box near the main door which contained a computer. According to the investigations, the computer database had the information of all the registration that had happened for the past week. Garcia gained access to the building by breaking the glass door of the office. Two shots were fired by the police, which hit Garcia on the thigh. He has since been charged with Burglary. Today, Chief Elections Office, Josephine Tamai spoke to News Five and explained what happened.

Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries

“Upon entering I saw a small cartoon box with one of our department’s computer, a desktop computer in it. It had the monitor and the CPU in the box; the printer and everything was left there. Also, what I found was that the office wasn’t really ransacked or anything, it’s just the there.”

Andrea Polanco

Josephine Tamai

“Clarify for us, this computer that the person in question, Mr. Daniel Garcia, that he was attempting to take from the Elections and Boundaries, does it have the database?”

Josephine Tamai

“Well, actually the computer has information regarding those persons who go in to the office to register; it has their photographs; it has their information but like we said previously, the database is not something that they actually keep it’s only a record. But that is not the only thing that we use, we also have record cards as well, so just taking away that would only give them information as to who went in to register and the information that that person gave.”

Andrea Polanco

“How do you proceed with investigating this matter; because for many people, they immediately think that ‘okay this is politically motivated’ are you looking at that angle?”

Josephine Tamai

“Well, actually the police are the ones who are conducting the investigations and they have informed us that they are not ruling out anything.”

While Garcia didn’t make off with the computer and was nabbed quickly by Dangriga Police, there are concerns over the incident in that municipality.  Anthony Ramos, P.U.P. Campaign Manger in Dangriga says that while the computer wasn’t removed there are questions still lingering.

Anthony Ramos

Anthony Ramos, P.U.P. Campaign Manager, Dangriga Constituency

“I also know that he did not take anything and was preparing himself to take the computer. Fortunately for the police, quick work, they caught him, which is good.”

Andrea Polanco

“Do you believe that that incident was politically motivated?”

Anthony Ramos

“Well, I have to question it because there are so many things that correlate to it and I have to question it because I don’t want to believe that it’s a coincidence. The gentleman in question was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital and right there we saw the Clerk of the National Assembly being at the hospital. We understand thereafter that it is his nephew but the two offices don’t correlate at all; the Elections and Boundaries and the Clerk of National Assembly doesn’t correlate so you’d want to question those moves. I don’t even want to start to insinuate that this is the work of the U.D.P.’s but all of these people that is part and parcel is U.D.P.s so you have to question it.”

Andrea Polanco

“So you don’t believe that he was there in the capacity as a family member, a relative?”

Anthony Ramos

“Well, looking at the young man record I understand that he is not a thief so I have to question it again and I don’t want to insinuate but you have to take these things with a grain of salt.”

While Ramos doesn’t recognize Garcia as a thief, the Dangriga Police confirmed to News Five that he is a repeat burglary offender.

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6 Responses for “Elections Office in Dangriga burglarized”

  1. blzcun says:

    It is very obvious the udp is desperate to win elections

  2. knowing whats right says:

    I more think that the PUP are more than desperate

  3. Be Real says:

    I definitely know which shade of azure this bugular was working 4. dirty politrickster using reverse psychology

  4. Storm says:

    I don’t know if Guerrero has good ideas or bad ideas, but he clearly thinks the laws don’t apply to him.

    That attitude is a cancer we have to cut out from Belize, from everyone and everywhere.

    Down with him, and all the rest who are crooked in any way.

    I feel like Diogenes, trying to find ONE HONEST MAN in Belize. I’ll vote for him, if I find him. Or one honest woman.

  5. Earl Grey says:


  6. Storm says:

    Are you convinced now that our democracy is in real danger of being stolen completely from us?

    Throw ALL the rascals out. It’s time to start over, and we must have the courage and ethics to elect leaders we know are honest, first and foremost. Don’t worry about who promises to give you the most; that only benefits a very few, and has been a cancer in this nation since independence.

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