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Jun 14, 2016

Arsonist Caught on Surveillance Video

A vehicle was deliberately set on fire on Monday afternoon; it was the property of businessman Evan Tench of Techtronic’s Communication located on Amara Avenue, Belize City. The vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, was parked behind the Saint Ignatius Primary School in Belize City, when it was doused and lit. The arson was caught on surveillance and police are today looking for the arsonist. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Today, scorched tire tracks and ashes mark the spot on Amara Avenue in south side Belize City where a 2005 Jeep Wrangler was set on fire. The vehicle is the property of Evan Tench of Techtronic Communication; the businessman and employees of the establishment were inside the business when a person carrying a red container approached the vehicle, doused it with fuel and lit the parked vehicle on fire.


Orin Smith

Orin Smith, Station Manager, Nat’l Fire Service

“At approximately three p.m., the National Fire Service received and responded to a call of a vehicle fire at number 61 Amara Avenue Belize City. One unit was dispatched to that location and on arrival on the scene, they saw smoke and flames coming from a grey vehicle parked on the road on fire. Following a brief size-up, firefighting immediately commenced and the fire was later brought under control and extinguished.”


Police are currently reviewing surveillance video from the business that shows the arsonist around 2:53 p.m. acting suspiciously at the back of the vehicle; one minute later, he would be seen with a red container. Two and a half minutes after that, at 2:56 p.m., he douses and sets the vehicle on fire.


Orin Smith

“Preliminary investigation reveal that the fire originated from the rear of that vehicle. A melted red container was discovered just beside the driver’s side entrance door of the vehicle. The fire has been classified as incendiary. The vehicle is owned by one Michael Evan Tench Junior of a Belama address and the vehicle was insured with RF&G Insurance.”


Duane Moody

“The vehicle was completed destroyed in this fire?”


Orin Smith

“The engine compartment of the vehicle was untouched by the fire. The fire mainly affected the cab rear portion of the vehicle.”


The insured vehicle was valued twenty-five thousand dollars. Duane Moody for News Five.

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