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Nov 18, 2009

Burglar caught after dog chases him up a tree

25877The long arms of the law also caught up today with a Belize City man, who lied to the court about his name and court record. Fifty-eight year old Frank Neal appeared before Magistrate Sharon Frazer this morning where he was charged with Attempted Theft. Allegations are that shortly after midnight on Tuesday, November seventeenth he attempted to steal a bag of clothes belonging to Desiree Hemsley, who caught him red-handed after her vicious dogs chased him up a tree. Neal pleaded guilty to the charge, but said that he was only helping Hemsley with removing items from her home. That was his story, but in a police report, Hemsley said that at about twelve a.m., she was sleeping when she heard her dogs barking. She got up and saw Neal on her golden plum tree with a bag of her clothes that she had left near her laundry room. After hearing the facts, Magistrate Frazer got annoyed and questioned Neal if this was his first time in court. Neal said yes, but after checks were made it showed that he has been before the court at least once before as Frank Blease. The records also show that he has several offenses before the court including a theft conviction in which he was imposed a fine of four hundred fifty dollars or one year in default. With that Magistrate Frazer imposed a jail term of six months and an additional six months for the old fine which he never paid the court.

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