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Would-be thief defeated by all-seeing camera

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019. 8:49 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: In a strange case of what not to do when attempting a burglary, 27-year-old Cris Reyes of Belize City was charged with breaking into the shuttered shop of American Allen Jackson on Caye Caulker.

Reyes was apparently targeting the surveillance camera whose all-seeing eye caught him breaking in earlier. The burglary was reported on May 20 in the afternoon but took place earlier in the morning on Calle Al Sol. Jackson says he was alerted to the break-in at Blue Coral Fabulous Escape, which is awaiting a license to open. He went over to find his cabinet door containing a security camera had been broken open with the padlock.

Jackson holds the only key to the premises and gave no one permission to enter, but a check of the surveillance captured on camera at 2:36 a.m. clearly shows a man identified as Reyes entering the building, looking around and then attempting to cover his face with his white shirt.

The footage captures Reyes at work trying to open the cabinet, then leaving after finding nothing inside. The estimated damage costs $800.
Reyes pleaded not guilty and claimed in court the door was open, but did not state his reasons for being there.

Bail was set at $2,000 but Reyes also owes the court a fine of $160. He was remanded until September 24 or whenever he clears his debts.


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