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Former police officer, Michael Diaz, remanded to prison on another robbery charge Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

On Thursday, July 19th, former law enforcement officer, Michael Diaz, 27, appeared in the Magistrate’s Court to answer to a single charge of robbery.

This is reportedly the fourth time he has faced similar charges. In 2010, he had been dismissed from the Belize Police Department, following the allegations of an accountant. According to the accountant, on July 3, 2010, Diaz had snatched his chain from around his neck. The chain was valued at $675.

This was recorded as the first robbery allegation against him.

In this most recent incident, the victim, Anne Marie Hulse, claimed that on Friday, July 6, Diaz snatched her chain valued at $800, from around her neck.

In court, Diaz was read a single charge of robbery for stealing by the use of force. To the single charge, he pleaded not guilty.

However, there were objections raised in Court by the prosecutor, on the grounds that Diaz was on bail for similar offenses. The Magistrate took the objection into consideration and denied bail and Diaz to prison until July 31.

Hulse had reported to police that on Friday, July 6, she was walking along with her two young children when a ligh skinned man rode up to her on bicycle and grabbed the chain from around her neck. 

This is Diaz’s fourth criminal charge relating to crimes of dishonesty. He was first convicted on November 18, 2010, for the theft of a gold chain valued at $675.00. The chain belonged to Eberto Castellanos.

On July 3rd, 2010, Castellanos was reportedly walking towards the bus terminal, when Diaz allegedly walked up to him and pulled the gold chain from around his neck.

A struggle between the two men then ensued during which the chain fell to the ground and Diaz ran with it. Castellanos chased after him and he was later intercepted by police.

After being found guilty of the 2010 robbery, a fine of $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court was imposed. The fine should have been paid by December 31, 2010. He was also ordered to pay Castellanos $500 compensation. After the conviction, Diaz has been before the court at least two other times prior to the most recent a arraignment.

On February of this year, Diaz was charged with robbing BTL Customer Care Representative, Natasha Nicholson, 22. On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at around 8:35 p.m., Nicholson was walking on Cemetery Road, when Diaz allegedly grabbed her $1,750 gold chain from around her neck.

Another recorded incident is that of an elderly man believed to be in his mid-70’s, who had claimed that in January of this year, Diaz had allegedly robbed his chain valued at $600 while he got out of the car, at the corner of Cemetery Road and Euphrates Avenue.