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Aug 15, 2016

Deputy PM’s Government Vehicle Taken for Joyride

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber’s assigned vehicle was reportedly stolen from his girlfriend’s house near mile four on the George Price Highway on Sunday evening.  The Collet Area Representative was at the Old Belize Adventure and Marine Museum socializing when, unbeknownst to him, someone entered the parked 2013 Toyota Prado and drove off in it.  The joyride ended quite a distance away from where the vehicle was taken and the mid-size SUV was later found submerged in the Caribbean Sea near Marine Parade.  So how was the Land Cruiser stolen from his girlfriend’s home in the first place?  That’s what we asked Faber this afternoon.  While he has gone on record to say that the keys were left in the care of that individual, the disappearance of the vehicle is questionable.  Here’s how the Minister of Education explained what transpired.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“Yesterday evening around, between five-thirty and six [o’clock] I’d say, I parked my vehicle at mile three and half and four miles there on the George Price Highway, the Western Highway, and I got a lift back to Old Belize where I was earlier in the day, having gone to the cayes.  While I was there I was notified, maybe about eight o’clock or so, just before eight by Mrs. Ava from Love FM that my vehicle was reportedly in the sea in front of Marine Parade.  I was subsequently called by ACP Broaster who confirmed that my vehicle was in there.  I checked and sure enough my vehicle was not where I expected it to be and it was then that I learned that it was stolen and that it was in fact plunged into the sea.  I then called ACP Chester Williams who I made the report with and at some point last night I also made a formal statement to the police, a recorded statement explaining what I understood to be the case, certainly as it relates to the series of events yesterday evening.  So as far as I was able to ascertain the vehicle was stolen and taken for a ride.  There were… I have not seen the vehicle so I can’t tell you if there were things missing.  I can only say what the police reported to me.  I did have a very limited amount of money in the glove compartment, I think about two or three hundred dollars and my credit cards and stuff like that which I was able to get back from the police.  But my laptop and my other equipment needed for everyday work was not in there thankfully.  And again, while it is regrettable that while this happened I am thankful that there is no loss of life and I know now that the police has launched a full investigation to try to find out who the culprit is in terms of the vehicle disappearing from that location that I left it.”

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2 Responses for “Deputy PM’s Government Vehicle Taken for Joyride”

  1. fedup says:

    Unbelievable that this is Belize’s DPM but better him than that other guy Saldivar

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    did someone said Taiwan gave Belize so much money, guess someones wants a new ride from that lol
    First leaving a gov property vehicle with a friend is not the correct thing.
    Now being said he is a minister, it entitle them to take care of the vehicle the most because basically it’s mines, my family’s, my neighbor’s and those that might be form the all of the Jewel because it’s from our taxes that these fools drive nice rides while most of us have to catch a bus to go to work while he don’t take care of it.
    Am I being political or just saying the truth? but only the truth.

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