Alleged thief found hiding in closet

April 17, 2018

A St James man who was reportedly found hiding inside the closet of a store owner whose business place he allegedly robbed has been offered bail.

Twenty-one-year-old Javon Wright of a Cambridge address is charged with shop-breaking and larceny. He was offered bail when he appeared in the St James Parish Court recently, one week after he had been remanded in police custody.

The allegations are that on March 20, the complainant locked his wholesale shop and left for home. The following day, he returned and saw that a section of the door was damaged. It was later discovered that two cellular phones and an undisclosed sum of money were missing from inside the shop.

It is further alleged that the complainant then found Wright hiding inside a closet in the establishment. Wright was handed over to the police, and one of the two cell phones was recovered from him. He was arrested and charged.

In making a bail application for Wright during his court appearance, his attorney, Betty-Ann Waite, acknowledged that he had a prior offence that had come before the Family Court.

"He indicated that he has had challenges with the law before, and that was a Family Court matter when he was 16, which was resolved," Waite told presiding parish judge Sandria Wong-Small.

The court was also told that the prosecution would need three weeks to collect a statement from a witness in the matter.

Wong-Small subsequently offered bail to Wright in the sum of J$150,000 with three sureties on the condition that he report to the Cambridge police station.

The matter will be mentioned again on June 7.

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