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Mother, son, and friend charged in robbery and handling stolen goods case

Posted: Friday, June 14, 2024. 11:50 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In court on Thursday, a mother, her teenage son, and his friend faced charges stemming from a robbery and the handling of stolen goods. The case involves a robbery at gunpoint of a 19-year-old and stolen jewelry belonging to a JP and businesswoman, which was later found at a pawn shop.

The first to appear in court was 18-year-old Christian Denver Ramos, who faces a single charge of robbery. Ramos is accused of robbing Eric Vernon, 19, at gunpoint last Friday, June 7, 2024. The robbery took place on 14th Street, King’s Park area, Belize City. Vernon reported that his personal belongings were stolen, including a gold rope chain, a gold chain link bracelet, a gold blue stone ring, a Rose Apple brand iPhone 11 Pro Max, and $3 in cash, totaling $2,918. Due to the severity of the charge, Ramos was denied bail and remanded to Belize Central Prison until his next court appearance on August 9, 2024.

Following Ramos, his mother, 42-year-old Genevieve Jennifer Coleman, was arraigned. Coleman, a housekeeper from Wagner’s Lane, faced two counts of handling stolen goods. The charges related to jewelry belonging to Kimberly Gaynair Brown, found pawned in Coleman’s name at JEC Pawn Shop on May 30, 2024. Coleman pleaded guilty, explaining she pawned the items without knowing they were stolen. She claimed her son had given her the items, saying he found them. Coleman, who has three children including one with special needs, begged the court for leniency, citing her financial struggles and responsibilities as a mother. She was fined $1,000 plus a $5 court fee, payable by December 15, 2024, or face one year in prison.

Finally, 19-year-old Elsworth Mikal Talbert, an unemployed resident of Wagner’s Lane, was charged with handling stolen goods for pawning a gold chain worth $1,250, also belonging to Brown. Talbert admitted to pawning the item at Ramos’s request, claiming he did not know the items were stolen. He, too, pleaded guilty and received the same fine as Coleman, payable by September 15, 2024, or face a year in prison.

The stolen jewelry originated from a theft reported by 38-year-old Kimberly Brown, a JP and businesswoman. Brown reported on June 1, 2024, that her Nissan Rogue was broken into on May 24, 2024, at the SCA Parking Lot on Marine Parade Boulevard. A variety of valuable jewelry, including a 14-karat earring with diamonds worth $3,000 and a pair of 14-karat bangles worth $1,000, was stolen from her vehicle.

This case highlights the interconnected nature of the offenses and the significant impact on the victims. While Ramos awaits trial for the robbery, Coleman and Talbert have been given a chance to avoid jail time by paying their fines, reflecting the court’s balancing of justice with compassion for their personal circumstances.

 

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