Mechanic charged with jewelry robbery

Jewelry valued at $450 was allegedly stolen from 58 year old Sandy Hinks, a security guard at AAA Security.

On Tuesday, one of the alleged robbers, 25 year old Jose Ayala, an auto mechanic,  pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery before Magistrate Dale Cayetano.

Around 11:00 a.m. on December 8, Sandy Hinks was riding his bicycle on Iguana Street, Belize City, and at the intersection with Curassow Street a dark-skinned man rode up beside him, and then a second man of Hispanic descent appeared behind him. The man beside him pushed him off his bicycle, he told police, and then grabbed at his chains while he was on the ground. While he kicked at this first man to prevent him from taking the jewelry, the other man rode his bicycle on top of and over him, pinning him to the ground. Defenseless, the first man took a silver chain valued at $150 and a gold chain valued at $300 from his neck and both men escaped.

Jose Ayala was offered bail of $3,000 and returns to court on January 8, 2015.

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