A 39-year-old Virgin Gorda leg amputee accused of stealing and repainting a generator belonging to another man was granted $10,000 bail in the Magistrate’s Court.
Truck driver Cliff Creque pleaded not guilty to theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Wednesday.
As part of his bail conditions, he is to report to the Virgin Gorda Police Station every Monday between 7 am and 7 pm.
The court heard that on a day between September 6 and 11 last year, Creque allegedly stole a 15-kilowatt generator valued at $1,500 belonging to a US citizen in Leverick Bay.
When the owner returned to his Leverick bay-based property following Hurricane Irma, the generator was nowhere to be found.
The matter was reported to the police who then launched an investigation, the court heard.
During their investigation, a generator bearing the same serial number was found at the accused man’s residence.
However, the said generator that was initially white was reportedly repainted to grey.
When confronted, Creque said the generator belonged to him, claiming that he bought the appliance for $1,500 on Tortola.
Police confiscated the generator and charged the accused man.
His matter was adjourned to January 16, 2019. Attorney Stephen Daniels represents the accused man.