A mother, her son, and another female resident of Sea Cows Bay allegedly caught advertising looted items on Facebook for sale has been arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court.
Tara Naval, her son Nikita Naval, and Cathy Martin are all charged with theft and handling stolen goods. They were not made to plead when they appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent late last week.
The trio allegedly stole a total of $15,000 worth of items from three local stores a day after Hurricane Irma.
Among other items, Nikita Naval allegedly stole sneakers, USB cords, an X-box game console as well as a speaker system from Said Department Store.
His mother, Tara, is accused of stealing blankets, perfume sets, a mattress, curtains, and other items from Bolo’s Department Store.
Martin, on the other hand, allegedly stole bags, dresses and other clothing items from Pusser’s.
The owners of the stores made a report to police after discovering that their stores were looted and seeing the stolen items being advertised by the three individuals on social media.
The stolen goods were positively identified by the company logos and price tags still visible on them.
The trio was subsequently arrested and charged on suspicion of theft.
They were each granted $5,000 signed bail with one surety.
As part of their bail conditions, they had to submit their travel documents, they are not to leave Tortola without permission from the court, and are to report to the Road Town Police Station every Monday between 7 am and 7 pm.
They are scheduled to return to court on December 10.
Defence attorney Stephen Daniels is representing Tara Naval and Cathy Martin while Nikita Naval was unrepresented.
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