Two Cops charged with Theft Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:00

PCCarolee Castillo-Samuels, wife of Belize City Councilor Dean Samuels, filed a theft report against two Belize City police officers, PC Phillip Swift and PC John Galvez. In her report to police, Samuels said that at about 1:20 p.m. on November 16th, 2012, she dropped her purse in front of Oxygen Boutique on Freetown Road.   Reports are on that same day her purse was found, allegedly by police. At about 3:20 p.m., some 2 hours later, she received a call from police informing her that her purse had been found.  When she went to retrieve her purse she realized that it was empty and her cash, 5 and 120 pesos, were missing. Police investigation into the missing money led to the arrest and charge of Swift and Galvez. 

On Tuesday, February 5th, both interdicted police officers appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where they were read a single charge of theft.   Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge and there was no objection to bail; however, court prosecutor Sgt. Egbert Castillo asked the court to set conditions to bail.  As a result, both were offered bail in the sum of $2,000 each. The Chief Magistrate ordered that they pay $500 in cash forthwith and the balance of $1,500 in a signed surety.  They were both ordered to surrender all travelling documents and stay away from the virtual complainant. Their case was adjourned for April 9th.