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Dec 2, 2014

Four police officer in the south are under intense scrutiny for allegedly stealing lumber

News Five understands that at least four police officers in the south are under intense scrutiny because it is believed they are part of a ring of lumber thieves. According to an investigation carried out by the Professional Standards Bureau, the officers were used by a businessman from Deep River, Toledo to steal lumber near Roseville and Red Bank. How it works is that the businessman, in the company of police officers allegedly on his payroll, would approach small operators with permits cutting wood like emery. The businessman would then accuse the person of cutting wood on his land, and the police would step in and take the wood away. They would allegedly intimidate persons by telling them that if they surrender the wood they’d be released without charges. But one Belizean farmer of Red Bank reported the incident, and that got the Profession Standards Bureau involved. Last week, they visited Red Bank and caught the businessman and a police officer in the act. We are told that the businessman led police to other stashes which had also been stolen. We have the names of the businessman and the police officers allegedly involved in the ring, but because the men have not yet been charged, we’ve decided to withhold them for now. We’ll have more on this story later in the week, when it is expected that the persons involved will be charged.

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