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Two couples charged as Police make arrests in string of burglaries between Western Paradise, Hattieville, and Ladyville

Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2023. 9:24 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Two men and two women from Hattieville and Belmopan respectively have been charged with multiple counts of burglary and handling stolen goods concerning a rash of break-ins in the Western Paradise and Hattieville area and at the Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB) office in Ladyville in recent weeks.

Father of three 23-year-old Tyreke Garnett of Hattieville; common-law wife Camaree Williams, 30, also of Hattieville; Elward McKay, 34, and Shanda Blades, both of Belmopan, all appeared in multiple courts in Belize City concerning the charges.

First, the four were jointly charged with handling stolen goods concerning a black JVC television set and remote valued at $1,000.

McKay initially claimed to the court that he bought the TV and told police he could take them to where he got it from, and denied that it had been stolen. Nonetheless, he attempted to plead guilty but the court was reluctant to accept the plea. Eventually, he admitted that he knew the TV had been stolen and was proceeds of crime and the guilty plea was accepted.

McKay was fined $1,000 and cost of court and must pay by February 29, 2024, in default six months imprisonment. He also owed $440 to the court and so had to pay toward that as well.

Nonetheless, the prosecutor did not withdraw the charges from the other 3 and they were each offered bail and a surety for Williams and Blades. They return to court on February 16, 2024.

Next, Williams and Garnett were jointly charged with handling a gold watch valued at $140 on December 12. Williams attempted to plead guilty but disputed the facts read out in court, claiming that police had found the watch in her home, not on her person, and that she could prove it was hers and not stolen. An equivocal plea was taken.

Garnett was then accused of burglarizing the office of the Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB) at Mile 8 1/2, Philip Goldson Highway, Ladyville, on November 26, stealing two cell phones together valued at $1,100, and separately with a break-in at the home of Manuel Castillo in Sunset Park on December 11, in which various electronics and jewelry were reported stolen to a total value of $2,048. Garnett was remanded without bail on these charges.

Lastly, Shanda Blades was charged alone on three counts of handling stolen goods in relation to various jewelry and wines believed to have been stolen in separate burglaries and which police said she possessed and dishonestly retained on December 12.

Blades and Williams are out on bail and return to court on February 15, 2024, when disclosure is expected to be given to them about all their cases.

 

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