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Man steals employer’s coins; thousands missing

Robert Browne

Robert Browne

A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his employer pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Robert Browne, who was employed to Alfonso Car Rental and Garage in Fish Bay, was granted $30,000 bail pending his sentencing on February 21 next year.

The prosecution reported that the complainant, Martin Alfonso, had a gallon water bottle which he used as a container to store coins.

He saved between $5,000 and $6,000 and kept it in a secured storeroom at his business-place.

Reports are that, some time between May 1 and June 25 this year, Browne stole the coins.

The court heard that Alfonso visited the storeroom on June 25 and realized that the saving container was slashed and the coins removed.

Alfonso called the police after all his employees denied knowledge of the theft.

It is reported that Browne was eventually identified as the culprit.

He reportedly claimed that he found the container cut and so he ‘touched’ it to take a closer look.

The court heard that police searched his residence and discovered a quantity of coins and coin wrappers.

He then reportedly admitted to the law enforcement officers that he hid some of the coins at a friend’s house.

Police then visited the friend’s residence and found more coins and wrappers.

The said friend claimed that he had no knowledge the coins were stolen.

Browne reportedly told police that he stole the money because he was having financial difficulties.

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  1. Reply says:

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    Unbelievable. So many sticky fingers in this place. Whom can you trust? They are mostly young too which is sad. Bunch of people with broken moral compasses.

    One has no choice around here other than having a very high index of suspicion in light of this too common crime. Cant trust anyone, man or woman. Darn shame.

    • @hmmm says:

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      You can narrow the suspicion level to a young black male and even further to a young black upper caribbean male or a young black male of caribbean parentage,the new BVIslander.

      • lmao says:

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        “caribbean parentage” tell me, where do you think the BVI is?

        • @ lmao says:

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          Omission of ” upper” was a typo but assumed that my intent would have been obvious.

          Should have taken into consideration that the “uppers” such as yourself would seize a much needed lmao.

  2. bandit says:

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    Biting the hands that feeds them. SMH

    • Hmmm says:

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      Maybe the hand that feed them under pays them.I’m just saying.On the other hand he is wrong for stealing the money.

  3. Well well says:

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    He is still employed there and best friends with the owners. Why did they take him to court

  4. Common Sense says:

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    Trying to play mario in real life, but Dude! mario was a plumber not an auto sales robber

  5. Anonymous says:

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    He probably from here cause i’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned where he’s from

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