A Trinidad and Tobago was has been granted US$60,000 bail by a magistrate in the British Virgin Islands for allegedly breaking into her former roommate’s house and making off with more than US$8,000 cash.
28-year-old Jenna Paponette has been charged with the offence.
The prosecution has alleged that, on April 20 this year, Paponette’s former room-mate secured her residence and went to work.
When she returned in the evening, her home seemed to have been intact.
However, when she checked her chest-of-drawer where she had placed US$8,600 to put towards a traditional partner arrangement, she noticed that the money was missing.
She alerted the police.
The complainant told law enforcers that Paponette, who moved out of the house a few weeks earlier, had known where the money was being kept.
She added that Paponette possibly still had keys to the residence.
Police subsequently met Paponette, along with the complainant, and informed her about the report made against her.
Paponette reportedly handed over $8,100 to the police and was arrested.
The prosecution claimed that, in an interview conducted by the police, Paponette admitted to having used a key she had to enter the house in order to remove the cash.
She reportedly stated that she took the money because she was facing ‘financial difficulty’.
In court, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered Paponette to surrender her passport and report to the Road Town Police Station every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 6am and 6pm.
She is scheduled to return to court on November 25.
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