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Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2023. 11:11 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Belize City man charged with stealing an industrial grinder valued at $1,200 from his former boss has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

Forty-eight-year-old Rene Castillo appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with a single count of theft, to which he pleaded not guilty.

There was no objection to bail and it was granted to him in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same; however, during the proceedings, the Magistrate learned that Castillo owed the court $1,305 in unpaid fines for previous convictions.

The magistrate told Castillo that he needed to pay at least half of the outstanding fines before he could post bail but he was unable to do so. Castillo remains on remand until he can pay the required amount to post his bail.

Rufus X, the businessman whose grinder was stolen, spoke outside the courtroom saying that he had hoped Castillo would have owned up to the matter since he has surveillance footage proving that he stole the grinder. X said he was only interested in getting his property back.

The theft occurred on November 28, 2022 and Castillo had not reported back to his job since. He was detained by X, and several other civilians on February 2, and later handed over to police.


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