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Mar 1, 2021

Home Invasion in Teakettle; Elderly Couple is Bound and Robbed

What should have been a peaceful sleep early Sunday morning became a nightmare for a couple in the Cayo District when intruders woke them up demanding money.  But as News Five’s Isani Cayetano found out, the retired missionaries relied on their faith to survive the ordeal and intend to pray for their assailants.


Voice of: Beatrice Smith, Victim of Aggravated Burglary

“It was wonderful how the Lord was with me because I wasn’t fearful, and they said which one of you guys wanna die because you’re gonna tell us where the money is.  I said me, I admit.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Seventy-seven-year-old Beatrice Smith and her husband were fast asleep inside their home in Teakettle Village on Sunday morning when several armed thieves entered.  The elderly woman was startled when the light inside her bedroom was suddenly turned on.


Voice of: Beatrice Smith

“They came right in with two shotguns and, I guess it’s four guys, three came in but there were some in the other bedrooms going through the stuff and I thought it was a nightmare, this can’t be happening.”


In the dead of night, the couple was bound at the wrists, their mouths were also duct-taped.  The men who broke in wasted no time rifling through their belongings.  They also demanded money.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police is investigating this matter and are following several leads and two persons thus far have since been detained pending this investigation.”


Notwithstanding the presence of a watchman in a guard hut at the rear of the property, the men breached a faulty back door and proceeded to disarm the surveillance cameras that were installed inside the living room.


Voice of: Beatrice Smith

“It’s amazing how fast they can go, but they had turned off our internet and had undone all the cameras in the house, first thing.”


The Smiths moved to Belize thirty-five years ago from the United States and were doing missionary work across the country before retiring in the Cayo District.  In the face of a brazen home invasion during which a shotgun was pointed at her, Beatrice’s faith is strong. She has prayed for her attackers.  Her husband who is hearing impaired sat on the bed next to her.


Voice of: Beatrice Smith

“I said, “You know Jesus really loves you and it’s really sad to see you young men and then I went on to tell them and they said, “But we don’t sin.”  They said that Adam was the one who sinned, not them, you know, this kind of stuff.  They said, “We know about Jesus more than you do or something like that.”  And I said, “Well that’s awesome, thank you.”  But anyhow, they kept pulling on me and kicking me to tell them more and I told them that you can do whatever you want to but you’ve got all that we’re gonna give you.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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