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One of two arraigned on charge of armed robbery Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

19-year-old Edward Saldano, a resident of Euphrates Avenue, is on remand after he was arraigned on Monday, January 7, 2019 on a charge of armed robbery. Saldano appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Khadeen Palmer where he was read the single charge to which he pleaded not guilty. When asked if there were any special reasons that he should be granted bail, he informed the court that he was at his home at the time of the robbery and went out to do an errand when he was picked up by the police. Unfortunately for Saldano, Magistrate Palmer was not convinced and he was denied bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until March 7, 2019.

The incident which Saldano is being accused of involves 52-year-old businessman Chingwu Tan, who reported to police that while inside his East Canal business, Plum Tree Restaurant, on January 4, 2019, he was approached by two men. One of them placed a knife at his neck while the other person, armed with a chrome pistol, pointed it at his wife and daughter. Fearing for his life, he allowed the assailants to make away with $600 in cash as well as his black 9 mm pistol.

It was surveillance footage that led the police to arrest Saldano as well as a 22-year-old suspect, who has not yet been arraigned. Saldano has a number of cases pending before the court for which he was out on bail including one for handling stolen goods.

 
Woman caught with three kilos of weed Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

23 year-old Elvira Crawford, a resident of Crooked Tree Village, was allegedly caught trying to smuggle over three and a half kilos marijuana through Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District.

Police say that at around 12:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7th, 2019, officers from Orange Walk had a routine police checkpoint set up between Miles 37 and 38 on the Philip Goldson Highway. Around that time, they spotted a vehicle approaching the checkpoint, but the driver suddenly stopped. They then observed a woman who jumped out of the vehicle with a bag in her hand.

It roused the suspicion of the officers because it appeared that the occupants of the vehicle were either trying to avoid the police inspection, or they were trying to dispose of an illegal item. So, the officers moved in and detained the driver of the vehicle, and the woman, who they later identified as Crawford.

They searched the area where she was seen heading to, and that’s when they found a black bag in the bushes. The cops searched it and found three parcels of suspected marijuana, and so, they escorted the two occupants and the parcels to the station where they were weighed.

The officer found out that the packages had a combined weight of 3.654 kilograms, and so Crawford was held in custody pending charges for drug trafficking.

 


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