Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017. 1:56 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday, BBN reported that a Belgian couple, Allan Dropsy and Jagoda Cwojdzinska, claimed San Ignacio Police took their passports and stole $550 cash from them.
After the story was posted, BBN was contacted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Cayo Chapter (BTIA-Cayo) and they moved swiftly to find the couple and offer assistance to them.
Last night, BTIA Cayo provided an update on their situation. They stated “They are okay, a bit fearful for their lives and totally lost trust in our (Belize) law system. We got a lot of information from them, and we are liaising with BTIA national, and the BTB. They have been given the turn arounds that our police department has become popular for even among locals, and so they feel they have exhausted that avenue.”
The BTIA offered accommodation, food and the couple denied, they got $30 from someone and said they will go through the weekend with that.
The couple says that all they want is their money back and their passports so that they can go back home.
The BTIA stated “the BTIA Cayo Chapter will work to make good of this situation and fight to keep Cayo a safe, fun, exciting and top notch tourism destination in our country!”
The Belgian Counsel is now in San Ignacio and is providing assistance to get back their passports.
The couple, Allan Dropsy and Jagoda Cwojdzinska, was living in Belize for a while, using the minivan as a mobile home. They claimed to have purchased the vehicle in Mango Creek, Stann Creek district, but the owner later reported the vehicle as stolen.
Some observers commented on the BBN Facebook page that Dropsy and Cwojdzinska were selling ice-cream and pizza out of the back of the minivan in southern Belize, and since they claimed to be tourists then selling in Belize should not have been allowed.
The Belgian couple are to meet with an attorney today to discuss their legal options.
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