Belmopan Police are making progress in the case of the missing Government issued Hilux vehicles, which police believe are all connected in some way or another, but have yet been able to prove it.
Last week, the fifth vehicle since July would have gone missing; but by a stroke of luck, it was spotted leaving the NICH parking lot with an unauthorized driver and was later intercepted at Georgeville, Cayo. The driver escaped.
Police then turned to look for clues at a vehicle service company in Belmopan, Belize Diesel, where the said vehicle had recently been serviced.
On Tuesday, Officer Commanding Belmopan Police, Superintendent Howell Gillette, informed us via phone that one of the employees at Belize Diesel, namely Hector Armando Monterosa, was arrested and charged on Tuesday for abetting to commit robbery.
“So far, for the last vehicle that was reported stolen last week, today we have arrested and charged Hector Armando Monterosa. He’s a Belizean maintenance man of Saint Matthew’s Village in the Cayo District, and he’s an employee of Belize Diesel and Equipment.
He was charged for the crime of Abetment to commit Theft, and was taken to Court.
He was offered bail of ten thousand dollars and two sureties, which he has not met up until this time. His case was adjourned until 16th January of next year.”
The man who attempted to steal the vehicle on Wednesday last week is believed to have fled the country.
Superintendant Howell Gillette
“There is at least one other person that we have sufficient evidence to charge, and it is the driver who we suspect was driving the vehicle on the day when the vehicle was taken. That person, we believe, might have left the country, but we are working with our counterparts to have him returned to Belize, to be charged.”
Police investigations continue.