Tonight there is good news to report on a vehicle that was reported stolen from 34 year old farmer Joel Ruiz from the village of Patchakan in the Corozal District. It’s a complex issue since the vehicle was found at the Customs compound yard in the village of Consejo in Corozal. So the question arises, how did it reach there? Today reporter Victor Castillo caught up with leading detective Corporal Fernando Valladarez of the Corozal Police Department, who revealed more on their findings.

Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_8.05.12_PMCprl. Fernando Valladarez – CIB

“On Tuesday the 20th day of October 2014 sometime around 2:30pm one Joel Ruiz, he is a Belizean cane farmer of Patchakan Village Corozal District visited the CIB office where he reported his 1995 GMC Sonoma pickup stolen as a result CIB personnel conducted an investigation into the report from the time the report was made CIB personnel from Corozal went into the area and did the necessary canvasing and during certain information was received that actually led us to the Customs Department based in Consejo Village Corozal District where it was learnt that the said pickup was impounded as it had been found with some contraband goods.”

As we reported yesterday, Ruiz parked his black and grey GMX Sonoma pickup truck in a cane field off the Ramonal/Estero Road in the Corozal District and went to spray his cane field. Upon returning around 9:00am, Ruiz’s vehicle was nowhere to be found. But the truth to the matter is that when Ruiz and his witness walked in and filed the report of the stolen vehicle at the station, they left out a minor detail.

Cprl. Fernando Valladarez – CIB

“Further investigation into the matter revealed that personnel from the Customs Enforcement Unit from Belize City were doing patrols in the area of Estero, this is in the Patchakan Village, they saw two Hispanic males fitting the description of Joel Ruiz and another fleeing the vehicle, upon investigation Joel Ruiz and his witness one Humberto Uh were formally arrested today for the offense of mischievous act.”

As mentioned, the report was a false one. Both men were arraigned in front of Magistrate Hurl Hamilton and pleaded guilty and were fined $100.00 plus $5.00 court fee to be paid forthwith or in default they would be remanded to prison for one week.

Cprl. Fernando Valladarez – CIB

“To add to anybody else out there who thinks that they can only walk into the police station make a complaint and believe that the police will not investigate I ask them to kindly think it over before they actually come in and make a complaint of this nature.”

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