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‘Pirate’s life for me:’ Fisherman busted trying to sell lobster tails that were stolen in high sea armed robbery

Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2022. 9:41 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A Belize City fisherman is out on bail after he was caught trying to sell lobster tails stolen from another fisherman, during an armed robbery at sea back in February.

Forty-year-old Neon Arnold was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a charge of handling stolen goods, to which he pleaded not guilty.

There was no objection to bail so the Magistrate offered him bail in the sum of $800 plus one surety of the same amount which he was able to meet.

Arnold’s next court date was set for September 6, 2022.

Allegations are that on February 27, 2022 he assisted in the disposal of lobster tails which were the property of Jose Luis Eguizabal.

On February 27, Eguizabal reported to police that he along with other fishermen were in a boat in the vicinity of English Caye when a 20-foot skiff with four armed men approached them and robbed them of 20 pounds of lobster tails, an undisclosed amount of conchs, fuel, and an outboard engine, to a total value of $15,900.00.

The following day, Arnold visited the Northern Fishermen Cooperative to sell lobster and other produce but raised suspicion because each fisherman marks their catch with a unique mark, but Arnold’s catch had several different markings. The number of stolen lobster tails was valued at $1,222.50.

 

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