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Apr 19, 2017

Lady constable charged for theft from Cayo store

The Belize Police Department is reeling from yet another black eye tonight, following the arrest and arraignment of one of its own, who has been charged for theft. An operation at a Chinese grocery store on Good Friday has landed a woman police constable in hot water after it was discovered that she stole money from a cash register during a raid. On April fourteenth, sometime around nine-thirty in the morning, a team of officers descended on Little Red Shop, an establishment owned by an Asian businesswoman in Santa Elena, Cayo. They conducted a search for liquor and confiscated an assortment of spirits. Following the operation, the fifty-eight-year-old grocer noticed that a sum of two hundred dollars, in fifty dollar notes, was missing from the cash box. She then proceeded to review surveillance footage taken inside the store and quickly realized that W.P.C. Ann Marie Anthony had removed the money. A report was subsequently filed, and Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie directed that an investigation be carried out which confirmed that W.P.C. Anthony had pilfered the cash. Aside from facing a charge of theft she has been placed on interdiction. Anthony will be additionally charged for prejudice to good order and discipline. The latest scandal comes on the heels of a pair of officers being caught on camera shuttling contraband goods across the Belize/Mexico border near Botes.  The duo, identified as Constable Jorge Ascurio and Alfredo Gongora, have since been charged and suspended from the Special Constable Program. Another pair of officers, P.C. Elston Rojas and Police Corporal Abner Marroquin, were also charged for illegally contrabanding a number of items after a vehicle chase by Customs officer near the northern border. Those incidents succeed a fiasco in San Pedro Town two weekends ago, when police officers opened fire during a scuffle outside of a popular nightclub.  A woman was badly beaten by the cops.


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6 Responses for “Lady constable charged for theft from Cayo store”

  1. Mike G says:

    Just the tip of the iceberg. I am so sick and tired of having to deal with the unprofessional attitude and outright criminality of the police department. You see it every day from the way they slouch around wasting time and our money to the way they drive the patrol vehicles. Start from the top and clean out the entire mess of them.

  2. Kay says:

    How in the world are law abiding citizens supposed to feel safe with these officers not leading by example?

  3. mr.sampler says:

    ahh what a relief when this rouge cops are shown their true colors. It’s a pity when they feel above the law when looking at the police, actually they work for us civilians since from our tax they are paid but on top of this they tend to abuse our civilians, scam, extort and thief from us. Ans many seem to not learn the idea that they are there to SERVE AND PROTECT OUR WELL BEING AND OUR ENVIRONMENT but rather feel above us.
    I ask all Belizeans or any citizen seeing something unprofessional from the police record it and post it so eventually they’ll know that we the people have and should control their profession.

  4. Elgin says:

    This is not surprising to me.This Police Officer is just doing what is a norm to the elected officials in Belize.

  5. islandguru says:

    It’s a culture of corruption that is embedded deep within the Police Department. The same with the Customs Department and the Immigration Department. As a matter of fact it’s almost an accepted norm in our country. I am happy that we have lots of cameras and surveillance system around now. Keep them honest.

  6. !!PITBULL!! says:

    People of Belize, its time to wake up! Many of these officers are political appointed, vote for me the party told them and u got a job!! They still lived in the same house, in the same E.P.S situation. These officers do not make more than 55 bz dollars in 8 hrs or even 10 hrs shifts!! An average person like an officers consumes closed to 25 bz dollars in food per day!! Leaves them with 30 to take home, if he/she is lucky not to pay traveling passage money!! So lets do the math, and this is if he or she is single ok. What do we expect for them to survive in a situation that we are living. They were offer a job, not a career!! Huge different there, in life u need to study for a career!!

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