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Apr 16, 2014

2 firearms are taken off the streets; one was stolen from Precinct Two

Alford Grinage

Two firearms were recovered in the past few days by police…one on Rhaburn’s Alley near the residence of fifty-seven year old Alfonso Cruz who was murdered on Saturday night and the other, in a vacant lot in the Jane Usher Boulevard area and reportedly in proximity of the home of Sunday night’s murder victim, eighteen year old Kevin Rodriguez. While police did not confirm whether either of the guns were used in the murders, they have ascertained that one of the weapons is a service weapon belonging to Precinct Two of the Police Department. According to Officer Commanding the Precinct, Superintendent Alford Grinage, the firearm was assigned to an officer in his jurisdiction when it was reportedly stolen from the station on Raccoon Street. While that detail has just been released, the firearm was stolen about five to six weeks ago and since then an internal investigation was launched.

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Supt. Alford Grinage, O.C., Precinct 2, Belize City Police

“I’m not sure about that firearm that was found in Rhaburn’s Alley, but I know the gun that was found in the Jane Usher Boulevard area is from the precinct two area; meaning it is for the police.”

 

Reporter

“Is police launching an internal investigation?”

Supt. Alford Grinage

“Yes, we have launched an internal investigation and it is still ongoing.”

 

Reporter

“Could you tell us when that weapon came in?”

 

Supt. Alford Grinage

“When it came in…”

 

Reporter

“…to police. What crime was it in relations to?”

 

Supt. Alford Grinage

“It was found property. Acting upon a tip, we visited a yard in the Jane Usher Boulevard area whereby that firearm was located in the yard.”

 

Reporter

“Sir can you share how is it that it was stolen from police?”

 

Supt. Alford Grinage

“It was stolen from a police officer who was on duty, who signed for it, and he might have left it careless somewhere, set it down and it disappeared from then. But it was with a police officer that signed for it.”

 

Reporter

“When he was out patrolling or…”

 

Supt. Alford Grinage

“He was on duty and he came to the station. And it was stolen from the station from the police.”

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