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Mar 31, 2016

Special Constables Detained for Questioning for Stolen Guns

Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, four-nine millimeter firearms and fifty-five rounds of ammunition were stolen from the office of the Special Constables Department of the Belize City Council. According to the police, the gates to the entrance of the building were not tampered with, but there was breakage at the door of the unit. A safe where the guns were kept had been pried open with a crowbar. From the looks of it, the burglary was committed by insiders; but police has not confirmed that detail even though six constables are being questioned. Here’s what Inspector Alejandro Cocom had to say about the break-in.


Insp. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., CIB, Eastern Division South

“The office there this morning upon arrival, we observed that the two main doors that lead to that office was tampered and inside of the main office where the manager of the special constables sits, a safe was broken and after making checks, they discovered that four-nine mm pistols were missing from the safe. The safe was tampered; it was allegedly opened with a crowbar and the firearms that were stolen were two Glock nine-mm and two-CZ-nine mm along with fifty-five live rounds of ammunition GFL brand, nine holsters…all to a total value of seven thousand eighty-five dollars, property of the City Council. At this time, we have several of the special constables being interviewed for us to have an idea as to what happened during last night and this morning. The last time the place was closed was around six in the evening last night and when it was checked this morning around seven, it was noticed that it was broken into.”



“Now they clearly knew exactly which office to look into. Does it have the appearance of an inside job or was there inside knowledge?”


Alejandro Cowo

Insp. Alejandro Cowo

“Well we have conducted an investigation at this time. We cannot just tell you that it was an inside job; we are not sure at this time. We have our ideas at this moment, but then as soon as we have further information we can guarantee that you will get additional news as to what happened there.”


Duane Moody

“Sir were any of the iron gates tampered with?”


Insp. Alejandro Cowo

“No, the iron gates were not tampered with…none of them were tampered with, but they entered through the iron gates, yes.”



“…which again would seem to suggest…”


Duane Moody

“…someone had keys to those gates…”


Insp. Alejandro Cowo

“Yes, yes.”

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