Belize City man accused of attempted bank burglary

An unemployed man of Curl Thompson Street in Belize City was allegedly caught red handed exiting a hole made in the Atlantic Bank Collet building on Monday. Police have accused and charged 32 year old Malique Martinez with burglary with intent to steal. He caused over ten thousand dollars in damages to items inside the bank as well as the automated teller machine (ATM) that he was apparently trying to steal money from Scenes of Crime and uniformed police visited Atlantic Bank Collect Agency located at the corner of Magazine and Cemetery Road in Belize City in response to information of a burglary in progress where Martinez was detained and handed over to them on their arrival. The police also allege that at the scene, a man was seen coming out of a hole located at the rear extreme end of the building, where they also observed that a glass was seen broken. The man was asked his name and he said it was Malique Martinez, according to the police. In court Martinez pleaded not guilty to the charge. While there was no objection to bail by the prosecutor in court for Martinez, the Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser chose to deny him bail and remanded him to the Belize Central Prison in the first instance until January 2016. Martinez allegedly caused damages to seven office desks valued at $2,700; a glass window located at the southwest corner of the building valued at $2,200; the lower portion of the ATM safe valued at $5,000 and 2 office doors value $1,000, all to a total of $10,700.00, the property of Atlantic Bank Collect Agency.

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