Messenger Pleads Guilty to Handling Stolen US Imports Goods Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 October 2011 00:00

Kenrick SanchezUS Imports, located on Cleghorn Street, was one of two businesses burglarized last week and on Tuesday, October 18th, police levied charges of handling stolen goods upon two Belize City residents.

30-year-old Kenrick Sanchez, a messenger and resident of #64 Lakeview Street, and 38-year-old Randolph Audinett, taxi driver and resident of #2578 Rose Lane in Belize City appeared separately in Court before Magistrate Dorothy Flowers where they were each read a charge of handling stolen goods.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.   At about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14th, police visited Sanchez’ home where they found a black Pioneer car stereo; 2 black and green 13 centimeter Pioneer speakers; two black and grey 6 by 8 inch Pioneer speakers; a black and silver coloured Pioneer car amplifier; a red and black Quip brand portable charger and $150 in cash. Sanchez told the court that he is a businessman who buys stuff to re-sell and that he bought the items from a taxi-man not knowing they were hot stuff. Since he is a first time offender and has no previous convictions for similar charges, Magistrate Flowers imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $1,500 plus $5.00 cost of court of which he must pay by December 31st or spend 1 year in prison.

Audinett, a taxi driver, pleaded not guilty to his charge and was offered bail in the sum of $1,500 plus one surety of the same amount. His case was adjourned until November 4th

US Imports is owned by Walid El Sayed who made a burglary report to the police early in the morning of Friday, October 14.  His business place was burglarized sometime between the hours of 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 12th, and 7:30 a.m., on the morning of Thursday, October 13th. Stolen items include televisions, vehicle stereos, vehicle amplifiers, DVD Players, cellular phones, tools, a bicycle and cash. The total value of the goods is $14,175.