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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2024. 12:13 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: After nearly a year-long trial, the case involving the high-profile gun heist at Victor L. Bryant finally concluded today with significant convictions. Randy Chambers and Selvin Linarez, both from the Southside, faced charges related to the burglary and theft of multiple firearms from the Victor L. Bryant building on Chetumal Boulevard.

Shortly before noon, the court found Randy Chambers guilty on eight counts of firearm offenses and the burglary of Victor L. Bryant. Chambers, who had maintained his innocence throughout the trial, was ultimately convicted after a protracted legal battle.

Selvin Linarez, who had been charged jointly with Chambers, took a different approach. On Thursday, July 27, 2023, Linarez pleaded guilty to the burglary charge. During today’s proceedings, he was also found guilty of five counts of keeping firearms without a gun license. Linarez had previously been charged with these offenses dating back to February 2019, when a group of men orchestrated a major gun heist at the Victor L. Bryant building, stealing a substantial number of firearms.

Both men were unrepresented throughout the trial. While Linarez admitted guilt for the burglary early on, Chambers opted to contest the charges, resulting in today’s guilty verdicts.

The sentencing for both Chambers and Linarez is scheduled for tomorrow, where the sitting Senior Magistrate will determine their fate. This case, marked by its complexity and the serious nature of the crimes, underscores the ongoing challenges of firearm-related offenses in Belize.

The recovery of the stolen firearms and the subsequent convictions of Chambers and Linarez represent a significant achievement for the Belize Police Department. This outcome sends a strong message about the consequences of such criminal activities and the dedication of law enforcement in pursuing justice.

As the community awaits the sentencing, the case remains a stark reminder of the dangers posed by illegal firearms on the streets and the importance of rigorous legal processes in addressing such threats.

 

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