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Woman Tells Judge She Was Forced to Burglarize Home

Thirty-three year old Margarita Pech, a woman with four convictions for crimes of dishonesty, became an inmate of Belize Central prison today when she appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and was arraigned on charges of burglary and handling stolen goods. Pech pled not guilty to the charges although she was seen in the house on surveillance camera. The prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the prosecution has a strong case, that the offence has become prevalent and that if granted bail there is a strong possibility that the defendant will not appear. Senior Magistrate Fraser upheld the objection and she remanded Pech into custody until July 27. The incident occurred during the morning of May 29. According to the allegation, Pech entered as a trespasser a home on Eyrie Street, and stole jewelry and fashion jewelry amounting to three thousand two hundred and thirty five dollars in value. The maid of the house, who saw her in the house, called the police. The police reported that when they apprehended her she had some of the stolen items, mostly fashion jewelry, in her possession. Pech said that a man took her at knifepoint to the house and told her that she did not burglarize it he will cut her up.  She said she handed the stolen items to the man and he gave only fashion jewelry. Pech has two convictions for burglary, one for theft and one for handling stolen goods.