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May 8, 2012

Caught on Camera: Culprit stealing Health Services vehicle

The impudent behavior that Higgins used to pass his drugs through U.S. and Belize customs, is not uncommon, as a car thief in the presence of cameras also had gall to steal a vehicle.   A government truck was stolen early this morning from the Central Health Region compound on Saint Thomas Street. The theft was caught on surveillance camera and it appears that the culprit had some help from inside since he was armed, not with a weapon, but with a key and he knew exactly which vehicle to target. The footage also shows that the person walked calmly into the compound and drove out just as easily without getting the attention of the security guard. While that is all being investigated, the Central Health Region is asking the public to be on the look for the gold color 2009 Toyota Hilux, which is valued at twenty-five thousand dollars. Regional Health Manager, Melinda Guerra, told News Five today that the vehicle is especially important during the rainy season when they start dengue prevention measures.


Melinda Guerra, Regional Health Manager, Central Health Region

Melinda Guerra

“This Toyota Hilux went missing around two-twenty-nine this morning. It was parked at the Central Health Region; that’s the building behind the Social Security Board and then from there one person came in and then went with the vehicle.”


Delahnie Bain

“And this was all captured on surveillance camera?”


Melinda Guerra

“Well we have, yeah the images to show from the surveillance camera.”


Delahnie Bain

“What did you all observe from the video?”


Melinda Guerra

“Okay, what we observed is that the person came in—it’s a male person. The person climbed over the fence and then he went and broke the padlock, that’s the gate that’s on St. Thomas Street. Then he went straight to the vehicle; apparently the person had a key to vehicle and he drove out with the vehicle.”


Delahnie Bain

“So then are there suspicions that maybe this was an inside thing?”


Melinda Guerra

“Well, right now it is under investigation. We have reported the matter to police and definitely we hope to find out who got the vehicle and who was the culprit. And we did have security; we had security from J&B’s but apparently the response wasn’t there so the vehicle is missing now. And then this vehicle is a vehicle that we use for ULV spraying, that’s for the control of the aedes aegypti mosquito and we normally use it during the rainy season so that’s a big setback for us right now because that is one of the main vehicles we use for spraying here in the urban and rural areas.  We’re just asking the public if they have any information, please call 223-2722 or 223-2723 or 6018652 and we would be grateful for any information.”


Based on the surveillance footage, police have an idea of who the culprit may be, but the identity of the suspect cannot be revealed at this stage of the investigation.

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5 Responses for “Caught on Camera: Culprit stealing Health Services vehicle”

  1. Storm says:

    I’ll bet even money that DPP loses this case. Any takers?

  2. belizeanpride says:

    to me he had a copy of the key for the vehicle, no doubt it was a inside job related theft. also the company who is paid to keep security at the compound should at least pay half of the value for the vehicle or say total value.

  3. taxpayer says:

    Some high ranking official is making money selling these vehicles. any coincidence that both stolen vehicles – the one in december and this one – were both from the Ministry of Health… hum….. definitely an inside job and someone making a lot of money and there is no way the vehicle is valued at $25,000.. with taxes over $50,000. but why should dean barrow care after all it is our tax payers dollars that will have to buy it back.. he does not have to worry every month the taxes go into his coffers and he just spends as he pleases so with ease they will steal and sell it to make their own profit knowing that they will never get caught and the government will just buy back a 2012 hilux to replace this one. as easy as spending my tax paying dollars. who sweats feels it but he who gets it free and easy could care less.

  4. blackberry says:

    Thieves are becoming bolder because they know the chance of getting caught is small and the chance of going to prison is even smaller.

  5. MadDOG says:


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