Tobago man charged with larceny 24 hours after leaving jail

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 01:00

A 39-year-old To­ba­go man has been sen­tenced to five years hard labour af­ter be­ing charged for shop break­ing and lar­ce­ny.

Fi­del Skeete, of Skeete Trace, Gold­en Grove Road, Buc­coo, re­ceived the sen­tence af­ter he ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate An­dri­ana Ce­de­no in the Scar­bor­ough Mag­is­trate 1st Court on Wednes­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2019.

Ap­prox­i­mate­ly 24 hours af­ter his re­lease from the Scar­bor­ough Prison on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 3, 2019, where he served a three-year jail term in prison for an of­fice break­ing and lar­ce­ny, Skeete was ar­rest­ed for a shop break­ing and lar­ce­ny in the Shir­van Road dis­trict by Sgt Pig­gott of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment (CID) and a team of po­lice of­fi­cers.

On Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 3, the vic­tim, Judy Bak­er, 53, a pro­pri­etress of Mt Pleas­ant Lo­cal Road, Mt Pleas­ant, said she se­cured her busi­ness place, J’s Mi­ni Mart around 10:30pm by lock­ing all doors and win­dows and went in­to her ad­ja­cent dwelling house.

Around 11:15 pm she was alert­ed by dogs bark­ing on the out­side.

She sub­se­quent­ly went to in­ves­ti­gate and ob­served the ac­cused leav­ing her shop with sev­er­al items wrapped in his jer­sey.

She be­came sus­pi­cious and car­ried out a check on her mi­ni-mart where she ob­served that a win­dow on the south­ern side of the mi­ni-mart was open.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions led to her dis­cov­er­ing sev­er­al bev­er­ages miss­ing from the re­frig­er­a­tor in the mi­ni-mart. A re­port was made to the Shir­van Road Po­lice Sta­tion, en­quiries were con­duct­ed and Fi­del Skeete was ar­rest­ed.

Sgt Wil­son of the Shir­van Road CID con­tin­ued en­quiries and charged Fi­del Skeete for the of­fence. Fi­del ap­peared be­fore the Scar­bor­ough Mag­is­trates 1st court on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 7, 2019, and plead­ed guilty to the charge.

He was al­so or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion in the sum of $268 or face four weeks sim­ple im­pris­on­ment.

This con­vic­tion marks Fi­del’s 8th jail con­vic­tion with­in the past 10 years.



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