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Ex-Police officer charged with theft

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Ex-police officer, Mervin Thomas of Sion Hill, found himself on the wrong side of the law last Tuesday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court. Thomas was found guilty of entering a vehicle owned by Deon Glasgow of Sion Hill and stealing a penknife, a pair of dark shades and money totaling $15.40.{{more}}

He was bonded for a period of one year in the amount of $1000. In breach of his bond, he will have to pay the money forthwith or in default, spend six months behind bars.

Reports reaching the court stated that on May 10, 2006 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Prison Officer Elvis Williams was sitting in his yard when he saw Thomas coming out of a short cut in the Frenches area. He said that he saw the defendant go into Deon Glasgow’s vehicle after which the ceiling light of the vehicle went out.

Williams also said that the defendant passed him where he was sitting and asked him, “What you doing out here so late?” and continued along his way. Williams told the court that he followed the defendant towards the Sion Hill intersection. He said he called the Police who responded quickly to the call and arrested the defendant.

In a statement offered to the police, the defendant said that he did not enter the vehicle, conversely, the items which he was accused of stealing belonged to him. He said while walking home, he saw the pair of dark shades (which he said belonged to his daughter) in a gutter and he picked it up. He also claimed that he uses the knife to ply his trade as an Electrician.

“You are a stupid man for going into the woman’s vehicle, you have a good job as an Electrician, why would you want to go and do that?” said Magistrate Browne.

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