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A cashier at Riteway’s branch in Nanny Cay is facing a charge of theft, after being accused of stealing a gold chain worth $600 and a gold pendant worth $300.
In an appearance before the Magistrate Court’s, Jareem Skerritt, 19, pleaded guilty to the offence. However, following his mitigating remarks, the court, with his consent, recorded a not guilty plea.
The BVIslander, who resides in Huntum’s Ghut, told the court that on October 15, 2016, he did in fact come in contact with the jewelry, adding that he took it up and placed it at his work station.
He further explained that upon returning to work the following day, the jewelry was not where he left them.
“I do not know where it is. I last had it at the cash counter; I left it there.”
According to the particulars of the matter, a female who works adjacent the supermarket visited the store to make a purchase. Upon retrieving money from her purse, her jewelry, a chain and a pendant, fell out unto the checking counter.
Having seen this, the court heard that the defendant tried to persuade the female to sell him the items, but she refused. The female then proceeded out of the store, forgetting her jewelry on the counter.
After discovering she had misplaced her jewelry, she visited the store the next day to question the defendant on whether or not she had left the items in the store. He allegedly responded that he did not remember.
Officers were summoned and conducted a search on him and his locker, but nothing was found. He soon after admitted to police that he took up the items, but left it at his work station.
He was offered bail in the sum of $30,000 and will make another appearance on June 21.