Couple go to court for handling stolen goods, again Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:00

Less than a week ago, a couple was before the Belize City court on handling stolen goods.

On Monday August 15th that same couple was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate’s court to answer to other charges of handling stolen goods.

40-year-old Warren Allen Logan, a laborer of 2 ½ Miles Western Highway was accused of assisting in the retention of  an RCA 32 inch flat screen television valued at $2,500. The television set is the property of 26-year-old Elizabeth Gomez, an employee of JL’s Quick Loan, Credit Master division.

The handling stolen goods charge arose from an incident that occured on Tuesday, August 9th in which police claim they found Logan and his common law wife Stephanie Hemsley in possession of the television.
Logan and his common-law-wife, were charged jointly for one count of handling stolen goods when they appeared before Magistrate Emerson Banner in Court #8.

Logan wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge and was fine $1,500 plus $5.00 cost of court.  He was ordered to pay $500 immediately and the balance by September 15th in default of payment 18 months imprisonment.

In court, Logan told the court that he had purchased the television from a friend for $250 but that he had no idea or knowledge that the television was a stolen item.  He told the court that Hemsley his wife had no idea of the item he had purchase and that he takes sole responsibility.

The charge was then withdrawn from Hemsley, and she was free to go.

On Wednesday, August 10th, Logan and Hemsley were charged jointly for another incident of handling stolen goods.  In this case the victim was Josephine Waller, a resident of 2 ½ Miles on the Western Highway. Waller’s home was broken into and stolen there from was a black Sony DVD Player, a white and blue iron and assorted DVDs

Like Waller, Logan was also a neighbor to Elizabeth Gomez, the second victim with whom we spoke with last week days after her home burglary. Gomez told us in an interview outside the courtroom that Logan is her neighbor and that he lives a block away.

She told us that her home was burglarized sometime between Saturday, August 6th between the hours of 1:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m., when she was not at home.

She told us that the culprit (s) gained entry into her home from an unknown point and took, her RCA 32 inch television set, 1 DVD Player, assorted DVD’s, two teddy bears, a stereo set, a Twin tub washing machine value $600 one fan for the wall, a heavy duty extension cord, soap powder and an electric saw.

According to Gomez some of the items which belonged to her and her husband Adam Gomez were recovered by the police including the television, assorted DVD‘s, 1 of the two teddy bears stolen, and the DVD Player.

Gomez told us that due to the fact that they had receipts for the items, they were also able to positively identify the items. She further told us that a bottle of Vodka that was stolen from inside her house was found by the step in her yard allegedly left behind by the culprits who appeared to be in a rush when they left.

We understand that police found a fingerprint of the culprit which was lifted from off the television stand.

Just last week, Logan and Hemsley were charged with handling stolen goods when items stolen from Josephine Waller’s home were found at their home on the Western Highway. In that matter, Logan pleaded guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Roberto Ordonez in Court# 4.  He was fined $750 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he has until September 10th to pay. Logan had told Magistrate Ordonez that he found the iron at a junk yard where he worked and was surprised when police claimed the items were stolen.