By Marion V. Ali
Belmopan Mayor, Simeon Lopez, lost his vehicle on Tuesday afternoon when someone he did not authorize opened the SUV and drove off with it.
According to Mayor Lopez, he discovered the vehicle missing from in front of his office after he had completed an interview with a staff member from The Reporter and was about to go out to do some business.
The information, provided by a minor who reportedly saw the vehicle theft unfold, told police that the man got in the 2008 Mitsubishi bearing license plates marked “Mayor” and drove off. Police have detained the named suspect, a teacher of Belmopan who once worked with Mayor Lopez when he was a teacher. Police say that the detainee is not cooperating with them and the vehicle remains missing.
Lopez has described the incident as “abnormal” and police say that they still do not have a motive for the car theft.
Mayor Lopez is not the only official in recent times whose vehicle was stolen. Two weeks ago the 2014 SUV assigned to Chief Environmental Officer, Martin Allegria was also stolen. That vehicle was parked in the yard of the Forest Department on Forest Drive and also remains missing.