A brazen robbery on Thursday morning led to a high speed chase on the George Price Highway, to recover a stolen Toyota Hilux with government issued license plates. This would have made the 5th government vehicle stolen in the past four to five months if police had not intercepted it at Georgeville, Cayo.
The white Toyota Hilux is one of two vehicles assigned to the Institute of Archaeology in Belmopan.
According to reports, at around 8:00 o’ clock on Thursday morning, the vehicle was parked inside the parking lot, when a brazen thief got inside the vehicle and drove off. At the same time as he was coming out of the parking lot, staff members driving the other vehicle were coming inside and saw an unauthorized person driving off with the vehicle. They immediately set chase.
A call to 911 alerted the police of the situation, which prompted them into action.
“There was a plan in place. Our Regional Commander, and the Commanders from this Western District, we all met and we put a plan in place, in the event there was another stolen vehicle report.
It happens that the plan was activated this morning, and NICH staff assisted us greatly. San Ignacio were involved, and Benque Viejo, along with Belmopan.
The vehicle was stopped at Georgeville. The driver, upon seeing the checkpoint, turned around, and absconded the vehicle into the bushes.
We know who we are looking for, and that is good. Much DNA was left behind in the vehicle. So we know clearly who we’re looking for. So it’s just a matter of time before we get this person into custody.”
At around 10 o’clock on Thursday morning, personnel from the Canine Unit were called in to track down the person that had run into the nearby bushes.So far police have not been able to find the exact whereabouts of the individual but according to Officer Commanding Belmopan Police Superintendent Howell Gillet, enough evidence was left inside the vehicle.
Police did not give a name, but they believe they know who they are looking for.
Superintendent Howell Gillette
“A part of the plan was to have the Canine Unit involved, and they formed a part of the investigation this morning, when we got the report.
We haven’t found the person, up until this time, but we know who we’re looking for. So it’s just a matter of time to have this person brought into custody.
The investigation is much larger than just today’s incident. We’re trying to get into all the other incidents of stolen vehicles in recent times, and we believe that others may be involved also along the chain process.
So we’re trying to get to all of that to bring this thing to a closure, and to stem it from happening in the future.”
It is unconfirmed, but police believe that these stolen government vehicles are taken across the border, where they are easily sold.