Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Hard labour sentence for man who received $24k in stolen jewellery

A 27-year-old man, believed to be one of the individuals who committed a daring daylight robbery at a jewellery store in San Fernando in March, was sentenced to 24 months hard labour.

The accused was held one week ago while walking along the Naparima/Mayaro Road, Cocoyea, near Amin’s Roti Shop.

At the time, he had a loaded pistol in his possession.

As a result the suspect was detained and a team of officers from the Princes Town CID, led by Sgt Ramlogan, conducted inquiries.

This led the officers to seizing several receipts from the suspect’s home, including pawn tickets for Maraj and Sons Jewellers at Broadway in Port of Spain.

As a result, the 27-year-old, identified as Dwayne Stoute, was charged and brought before a San Fernando Magistrate on Tuesday.

Stoute plead guilty to the offences of receiving stolen goods - items of jewellery totaling $24,500.

He was also charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and robbery with violence.

He plead guilty to the offences of firearm and ammunition possession, however, he entered a "not guilty" plea to the offence of robbery with violence.

The charges were laid by Cpl Crawford, Cpl Mohammed, PC Isaac, and PC Matloo of the San Fernando Police Station and Princes Town Police Station.

Magistrate Alicia Chankar, who presided over the matter, sentenced Stoute for the offences which he plead guilty to.

For the other charges, Stoute will reappear before the courts on May 14.

On March 13, three men stormed into RT Jewellers located at Upper High Street around 10:45 am that day, knocking the security guard to the floor, breaking into showcases and filling backpacks they brought with them with thousands of dollars worth of jewellery. 

The men then escaped on foot through Carlton Centre and onto St James Street. 

The store remained closed for the rest of the day.


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