Stevedore arraigned for attempted arson at Belize Bank

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Kareem Arnold

Kareem Arnold, a 37-year-old stevedore at the Port of Belize Ltd. (PBL), has been arrested, charged, and arraigned on a count of attempted arson. Police say that Arnold was arrested after an investigation was launched into an attempted arson at the Belize Bank Ltd. on Albert Street where a series of tires were lit and dropped off on the bank’s compound. It took place on Thursday, July 23 after which Shanelle Reneau, a monitor of the bank, viewed surveillance footage and saw someone descend a Ford F-250 pickup truck and left the burning tires on the sidewalk. An investigation into the matter was launched and Arnold was arrested for the crime. They had received intelligence and intercepted the pickup inside, which Arnold was hiding. The police also say that the pickup truck was impounded.
This incident is believed to follow the uproar which took place at the PBL just one day prior where protesters stood in solidarity with the 36 employees who were subsequently fired. While the police have not yet divulged what relations Arnold has with the Port, Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch, says that it is an avenue the police are investigating.
For this crime, Arnold was arraigned before Magistrate Emmerson Banner on Monday, July 27 and pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted arson. He is out on bail.