As we reported yesterday, the City council owned vehicle driven by Belmopan mayor Simeon Lopez was stolen right from in front of City hall. The incident happened sometime between 1 and 4 pm while the Mayor was in his office. Today, Mayor Lopez spoke to reporters about the incident.
“It’s very abnormal, because I usually park my vehicle. I arrived at the work site at about 1:20 p.m. yesterday, because I had an appointment with a journalist from the Reporter for 1:30. So I parked the vehicle where I usually park it, in front of the Administration Building of City Hall, went inside, the journalist was already there. So I invited him into my office, and we had the interview and a little discussion, until almost 2:30, I believe. Then he left, and I stayed in my office doing administrative work. Then about four o’clock I said I had to go out to do some business and when I stepped outside, usually from within the office I can see through the glass door, and I did not see the tail of the vehicle. I did not see anything. I just stepped outside and got under the canopy and the vehicle was not there. It was then that I realized [that] I had the key, and I said it can’t be Alzheimer’s. I know I came to work in the vehicle and I parked it here and it is nowhere to be found.”
Police do have a lead on the case according to the mayor.
Simeon Lopez – Mayor of Belmopan
” We got lead of who got into the vehicle and drove off with it. That person is now detained, but is not cooperating with police. So that is where we are at. There is one key witness, but unfortunately she is a minor and that is what the police are working on to see if they can get the parents to ask her to give a statement. I guess with everything happening, you can’t blame them for giving statements. I don’t know if they can provide any witness protection or anything. I don’t think that has ever been done.”
Even though police have a person detained, at news time tonight, the grey Mitsubishi, valued at $60,000, had still not been recovered.