Police impersonator convicted for jewellery theft


July 08, 2016

A St Catherine man has been found guilty of tricking an accident victim out of half a million dollars worth of jewellery after he pretended to be a policeman.

He is Mark Smith, 30, a labourer of Old Harbour.

Smith was yesterday found guilty of larceny by trick when he appeared before Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie.

The Crown led evidence that in 2014, a businessman was seriously injured in a vehicular accident in Old Harbour. Police assisted the man from the scene of the accident to the Spanish Town Hospital.

The court was told that Smith later turned up at the hospital and relieved the victim of his wrist watch, necklace and bracelet valued at $500,000.

He reportedly said that he was a policeman stationed in the Corporate Area.

It was revealed that Smith was not a policeman. Further investigations by the Old Harbour police resulted in his arrest.

He was subsequently charged with larceny by trick. The matter was tried in the St Catherine Parrish Court where the Crown called six witnesses.

Smith is to be sentenced on July 29.

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