Cops Robbed Drunk in Police Station Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 00:00

SC John Myvette and Ronel RiveroOn Monday, April 16, Special Constable John Myvett appeared in the Magistrates Court to answer to a charge of theft.

According to police reports, 34-year-old Ronel Rivero of Belmopan City sought refuge at the Queen Street Police Station at about 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, after a night of partying. He had close to a thousand dollars cash on him and it was a couple hours before the first bus left Belize City. He did not want to get rob and decided to kill time at the only place he felt safe, the police station. According to Rivero, a sergeant instructed him to clear out his pocket to make sure that he had nothing illegal on him. Rivero had over a thousand dollars on him and the sergeant told him to put it back in his pocket and that he could sit on the bench until it was time to leave.

About an hour later, he was awakened by Myvett, who wanted to search him. Rivero informed him that he was already searched by the sergeant but Myvett insisted. According to Rivero, Myvett went into his pocket and pulled out $990. Rivero followed him to see what he was going to do with the money and noticed that he handed over some to another officer in the station. It was then that Rivero told the sergeant that the officer had taken his money. Myvett then placed $190 on the desk. Rivero told the sergeant that it was not all his money and he would not leave until he had all of it. Rivero made a formal report and Myvett was arrested.

According to police, since the arrest of Myvett $450 was found inside a locker. $350 is still missing. In court Myvett was offered and met bail at a sum of $1,000. He is to reappear in court on June 4. Rivero has also made a formal complaint at the Internal Affairs branch. He said that since the incident, officers have threatened to plant bullets and charge him. Since Rivero’s report to internal affairs Police Constable Acasio Teck was also charged for theft in connection with the incident. Teck and Sergeant Aaron Zuniga will also face internal disciplinary charges.

According to sources, the officers are paying for their attempt to take advantage of an intoxicated individual. Myvett has been in the news before. He was charged for wounding upon Kevin Dawson, who was beaten while in prison on remand. That charge was dismissed on March 20 because Dawson refused to testify. Myvett was also charged with extortion and obtaining property by deception from Keon Williams on January 26, 2010.  That charge was also dismissed because the court prosecutor was unable to provide Myvett with disclosure on the matter.