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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

yannick.jpg - 59.54 KbYannick Wade, 27, a police constable from Belize City attached to the San Pedro Police Station, is currently at prison because he allegedly stole a cache of weapons and ammunition from the police station sometime between Wednesday, April 30, and Friday, May 2.

It is being viewed as a betrayal of public trust that these weapons were stolen because it is an accepted practice in the Police Department that licensed weapons are taken to the police stations countrywide for  safe keeping when owners are unable to do so. On Wednesday, April 30, the KBH Security company left eight .38 revolvers along with 101 live rounds of .38 ammunition with the San Pedro Police believing that they were in good hands.

 Reliable reports to the press is that Wade called in sick on Thursday, May 1, and on Friday, May 2, at 7 a.m., it was discovered that the weapons and ammunition were missing. Police investigators immediately activated, and they zeroed in on Wade as a suspect. They conducted an extensive raid at his girlfriend’s house at the corner of Cemetery Road and Johnson Street. After hours of searching, the officers found 2 of the missing guns and 8 rounds of .38 ammunition. The entire family was detained by the officers but on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions, only Wade was charged.

He was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for 9 counts of theft for the 8 missing guns and the 101 rounds of ammunition. Additionally, he was arraigned for 2 counts of keeping an unlicensed firearm, and 2 counts of keeping unlicensed ammunition. He pleaded not guilty to every single count, but because these are firearms-related charges, he was not eligible for bail. He has been remanded to prison until June 25, his next court date.

The police officers investigating this matter say that they are not relaxing their investigation because they need to track down the other 6 guns that are still unaccounted.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 16:24