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#198541 - 07/19/06 12:08 AM Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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Marty Offline
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Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100

The arrest of a suspect in the Cayo robberies will go a long way toward easing the fears of visitors to Belize who want to experience the wonders of the west. And while authorities are doing all they can to minimize crimes against tourists, occasionally a tourist is the one committing the crime. That's what happened on Sunday morning in Belize City. According to police, a tourist from California, twenty-four year old Camelia Patino, reported to police constable Rene Cu that while using a pay phone on North Front Street someone reached into her backpack and stole a camera worth five hundred dollars. We're not sure whether Cu had heard this story before or the young woman's actions made him suspicious ... but whatever the reason, the sceptical officer decided to take a look inside Patino's backpack. Lo and behold, when he opened the zipper there was the "stolen" camera. The woman was arrested on the spot and charged with "committing a mischievous act." Patino pled guilty, paid a hundred dollar fine and took off for parts unknown. Presumably she made the false report in order to file a bogus insurance claim upon her return to the U.S.A.

#198542 - 07/19/06 05:35 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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Dumb,da dumb,dumb........You can not fix stupid!!!!!!!!!

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#198543 - 07/19/06 07:29 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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I don't think she's even made it to stupid. Some people....

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#198544 - 07/19/06 07:32 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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Stoopid, with two "oo"s.

#198545 - 07/19/06 07:36 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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It just goes to show you what some people will do to avoid having an ordinary job. I will scratch that one off my list though.

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#198546 - 07/19/06 08:49 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  

I've long been petitioning the CA legislature to add 2 sections to our penal code:
Felony Stupid and Misdemeanor Stupid. Based on some of the stuff I've seen, this stunt only qualifies as a misdemeanor.

#198547 - 07/19/06 08:52 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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I don't think felony stupid is a survivable event, unless you intend to prosecute posthumously.

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#198548 - 07/19/06 09:41 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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#198549 - 07/19/06 10:34 AM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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Some things are so stooooooopid that the statute of limitations should be boundless.

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#198550 - 07/20/06 03:13 PM Re: Tourist fakes robbery, fined $100  
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My thought has always been that there should be a "stupid jail" know for the losers who go into a convenience store, fill out a job application, and then rob the place, leaving the application (with all the right personal information) on the counter. Straight to stupid jail, no trial, nothing. There are only left shoes there, and pencils with erasers on both ends. Don't know when you will get out or IF you will get out. Save the taxpayers bundles!

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