A 25-year-old government employee attached to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force reportedly told police he was only ‘following the crowd’ when he allegedly looted a 32-inch flat screen television from an electronics store after Hurricane Irma last year.
Shamoii Dagou of Belle Vue was not required to plead to the offence of theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Thursday.
The court heard that on September 8, 2017, Dagou along with others looted Infinite Solutions in Road Town.
The television set he is accused of stealing is said to be valued $288.66.
The matter was subsequently reported to the police who, acting on intelligence, arrested the accused.
“Boss, I see man taking these things and I take one,” Dagou reportedly said in a subsequent police interview.
In court, the accused man was granted $10,000 signed bail.
He was ordered to submit his travel documents as a condition of bail.
He must also seek permission before leaving the territory and is to report to the East End Police Station every Monday between 7 am and 7 pm.
Dagou is scheduled to return to court on December 7.
Attorney Michael Maduro represents the accused.
Over $55K looted
Infinite Solutions was one of several business establishments that were looted after the hurricanes. The court heard that the store had only sustained damage to its backdoor during the disaster.
However, the looters entered the facility and made off with more than $55,000 worth of items.
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