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Nov 3, 2011

Couple implicated in numerous burglaries

Eustace Jones

A spate of burglaries has been sweeping the Ladyville area. For the past couple of weeks a number of homeowners have reported break-ins, mostly occurring during the day. The victims of the burglaries have lost thousands of dollars in items that range from jewelry to footwear, electronics and clothing. But on Tuesday, the couple was wreaking havoc in Ladyville ran out of luck. Police caught, nineteen year old Eustace Jones of Raccoon Street, in the act as he was attempting to break into the home of Melvin Young in Vista Del Mar. According to police, the career burglars, Jones and his sixteen year old girlfriend, who were both arrested and charged, claimed responsibility for at least three other burglaries. Police have since recovered a huge portion of the stolen items. Today News Five spoke with Jacqueline Perez, whose home was broken into on the twenty-fourth of October. When she was busted, Jones’ accomplice was wearing a watch belonging to Perez’s daughter.

Jacqueline Perez, Home was Burglarized

“When I went to the back that’s when I notice that my, the window was broken in yuh know and everything and when I peeped in I notice everything was just scattered away. And that’s when I called my daughter and told her the house was broken into and I called my sister Mrs. Bennett and told her to call the police and then they came over and started to do the investigation and whatever it is that they needed to do yuh know.”

Andrea Polanco

“What was missing from your home?”

Jacqueline Perez

Jacqueline Perez

“Well to be honest, jewelry. All my jewels, my daughter’s jewelry, DVD, cell phone, I-pod, whatever they could’ve taken, they took. My room was totally messed up, my daughter’s room. The sad thing is people do these things and they don’t realize the impact it had, it’s like they’re invading your privacy yuh know, my underwear, everything was all over. It’s sad for you to come home, you working hard and people just do these things so easy, they get away and go to the jewelry shop, the pawn shop and they sell these things for little bit of nothing. It’s not the matter that they take these stuff, but some of these stuff really have sentimental values, yuh know.”

Andrea Polanco

“Were you able to get back any of the stuff that you lost?”

Jacqueline Perez

“Yes we did manage, but what we got back wasn’t really what we were hoping for. We got back a cell phone, one of the i-pod players, they sold one of the cell phones, but the jewelry, the real gold, and we did not retrieve that. Now from my understanding, the gold was sold to a pawn shop. I am asking the Prime Minister, he needs to crack down on these incidents because if we have some sort of law in place to avoid the jewelry shop to buy this stuff then we would be able to fight this sort of ongoing thing that we are facing. It is sad because they sell these stuff for little bit of nothing.”

Andrea Polanco

“Ms. Perez, are you able to determine the value of your belongings that you lost?”

Jacqueline Perez

“After going through, what we can remember now it’s almost over ten thousand dollars with jewelry, i-pod, cell phone, and yuh know, that’s what we can identify right now. There are times when these things happen and you don’t have any faith in the police and in the system but I would like to take this opportunity to thank three police officers from Ladyville police station, who really, really did a splendid job helping. The P.C I would like to commend are Mr. Staine, from Ladyville police station,  Sergeant Cobo and Sergeant McCullough Those three police officers were really, really helpful.”

Jones and his girlfriend were charged with attempted burglary in the case of Melvin Young. Both pleaded guilty to the charge and Magistrate Ordonez fined Jones three thousand dollars which he was ordered to pay a thousand dollars now the balance later. Jones couldn’t pay the fine and he asked the court to prepare his warrant so he could serve the equivalent of three years imprisonment. Sentencing of the minor has been deferred to a later date.

Jones was back in court this afternoon before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer where he was slapped with two additional counts of burglary and two counts of handling stolen goods. The charges are in connection with a burglary at the home of William Ysaguirre and Inez Cassanova which occurred on October seventeenth in Lord’s Bank Village.  Items valuing over fifteen thousand dollars were stolen. The second count of burglary is for a breaking at the home of Janel Vellos and Jacqueline Perez which occurred on October twenty-fourth, on the Old Airport Road. Jones pleaded not guilty to all four charges.  Bail was not an issue due to the conviction earlier today.

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2 Responses for “Couple implicated in numerous burglaries”

  1. Disappointed in Belize says:

    Pawn shops will never stop buying stolen jewelry that is how they build up their inventory and make money.

  2. tashy says:

    take a belt and beat them for a couple of days then lock them up for life. they don’t care how hard these people have to work to get these things. BEAT THEM, BEAT THEMOR CHOP OF THEIR HANDS bet they would want things that doesn’t belong to them anymore.

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