Thursday 4 June, 2020

Theft-accused walked out with TV under his arm


A man who stole a television from the lobby of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre tucked it neatly under his arm and left the building, placing it in a pickup truck. He, Tristan Patrick Albert Joseph, told the court he was given instructions to take the electronic device home.

"A man tell me to carry it home he going to come for it. It was not to sell," Joseph said as he stood inside the District "A" Magistrates' Court.

The 27-year-old resident of Bush Hall, St Michael admitted stealing the television worth $1499.99 and a flashdrive belonging to the Centre at Two Mile Hill, St Michael.

The television was set up at the main entrance on the day on the incident and was last seen on December 31, 2017, when an event was being held in the Hibiscus Room, a section of the Centre.

However, five days later it was discovered that the television no longer stood in its rightful place. This led to a viewing of the CCTV which showed Joseph walking out of the building with the television under his arm and heading for the truck.

After investigations, police executed a warrant at Joseph's residence and found the two stolen items.

Joseph told Magistrate Douglas Fredrick that he took "full responsibility" as the police found the television at his home. 

He was fined $1500 which has to be paid in three months, failure to pay will result in a three-month imprisonment term. A bond to keep the peace for six months was also imposed.

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