Police in Ladyville, Belize District were quick to arrest five men and a minor on Wednesday night following a home invasion. The thieves targeted the home of 53-year-old Garry Samuels in Burrell Boom just after seven o’clock last night and stole twenty thousand dollars’ worth of items. Reports say that Samuels who was at home with relatives was held up at gunpoint inside his home by the six men who wore hoodies and face masks. Samuels and his family were tied up and robbed of their personal belongings. Senior Superintendent Alejandro Cowo stated that their escape was short lived as Police caught up with them at mile fourteen on the George Price Highway traveling in a grey double cab ford utility vehicle heading to Belize City.
Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Head CIB, Belize City: “Six male persons entered his residence holding him up at gunpoint, tying them and putting them inside of a room. Thereafter the male persons searched the entire house and they stole jewelry and assorted electronic devices. Thereafter they left from the location, police were alerted as to the aggravated burglary and as a result police intercepted the six male persons who were inside of a vehicle. A search was conducted inside the vehicle which led to some of the items that were reported stolen from the house. As a result police detained those six persons and they will be charged sometime this evening.”
Police intercepted the vehicle reportedly driven at the time by 35-year-old Donal Lemoth of a Reggae Street address in Belize City. The other five persons inside the vehicle were 23-year-old Shaquil Patnett of Rivero Street; 32-year-old Ryan Welcome of Fairweather Street, Belize City; 32-year-old Phillip Wallace of Ceaser Ridge Road, Belize City; 21-year-old Steven Palma of Waight Street, Belize City and a 17-year-old of Allan Pitts Crescent, Belize City. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of the stolen items.