An East End man was denied bail after he allegedly burglarized three homes, stole thousands of dollars worth of jewellery and gifted a portion of the stolen items to his girlfriend.
Charged with three counts of burglary is Glenroy Fergus.
He was not required to plead when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Monday.
Fergus’ girlfriend Sheynela Smith, who is a supervisor at a security firm was charged with handling stolen goods. She too was not required to plead when she appeared before the court.
The court heard that on March 22, Fergus allegedly burgled the home of a Rogue’s Bay resident and stole jewellery valued at $5,540.
On April 25, he allegedly broke into a Trunk Bay home and stole a watch valued at $1,000.
It is further alleged that on the same day, he burglarized a Major Bay residence where he stole jewellery valued at $6,685.
The stolen jewellery included watches, gold Pandora bracelets, Pandora chains, and other gold chains and bracelets.
When the respective owners returned home and noticed that they were victims, they reported the matter to the police who commenced their investigations.
The jewellery belongs to me
Acting on intelligence, police stopped and searched the couple’s vehicle which was being driven by Smith, the court heard.
Inside, police allegedly uncovered several pieces of the stolen jewellery which was later identified by the burglary victims.
In response, the girlfriend — Smith — allegedly told police: “It’s mine, I got it as a gift from the same person (Fergus) all you looking for.
During a subsequent interview with police, she allegedly accepted that the items could have been stolen and further admitted that she did not inquire from Fergus whether the items were stolen or not.
Fergus was later arrested.
During their investigations, police lifted fingerprints from the crime scenes. The prints were later compared and matched with that of Fergus, prosecutors claimed.
I made a mistake
Fergus, who was unrepresented, urged the court to grant him bail so that he could provide for his seven children.
“I don’t be in these types of situations. I was in a weak point in my life, finance was low. I made a mistake, everybody makes a mistake,” he said.
He also told the court that he was willing to meet any conditions of bail.
However, his bail was denied after the Crown made what could be described as a strong argument against him.
The Crown argued that the offences were severe particularly because he invaded the sanctity of the homes of the complainants.
They further argued that he admitted to some of the offences, adding that they were committed ‘in a short space of time;.
On the other hand, Smith — who was represented by attorney Patrick Thompson — was granted $50,000 signed bail.
She is to submit her travel documents as part of her bail conditions.
The duo is scheduled to return to court on June 18.
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