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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2022. 3:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Police Department is urging the owners of pickup trucks, particularly those who drive Toyota Hilux pickups, to be extra careful as an increasing number of this type of vehicle.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director for the Office of the Commissioner of Police, explained that there was a recent home invasion in Hattieville where the culprits stole a Toyota Hilux pickup truck which police recovered in Cayo, noting that police believe the culprits were taking the vehicle to Guatemala.

“We have seen a trend when these Hilux go missing that they try to get it as quickly as possible towards the border or across the border,” Yearwood said.

Yearwood said that police have learned that there is a demand for vehicles such as the Toyota Hilux in Guatemala, which they believe have led to such home invasions and thefts.

“We wouldn’t want to put the general public into a high state of panic, but at the same time if you are the owner of one of these vehicles we want you to be alert. The paramount importance is your safety, we’re not telling you to go out there and try to hurry sell your truck…we’re asking the general public to be on high alert, not only the owners of Hilux.”

In 2021 an armed man stole a Hilux from its driver near Galen University in Central Farm during the day. A Hilux belonging to the National Bank of Belize was stolen from the home of one of the bank’s employees, and another was stolen from a Placencia resident’s home between late night and early morning.

There were several other such thefts just last year alone.

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