A Virgin Gorda resident accused of stealing a generator belonging to a store on the sister island said he took the appliance for safekeeping to prevent it from being looted in the aftermath of 2017 disasters.
Samuel McSheene, a government employee, pleaded not guilty to theft when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Monday.
The alleged theft reportedly occurred on September 8 last year — two days after Hurricane Irma.
The court heard that on the day in question, the accused man allegedly looted a 20-kilowatt generator valued at $25,000 from the Pinch and Save Minimart on Virgin Gorda.
The matter was reported to the police who then launched an investigation and found the stolen generator in McSheene’s yard.
When questioned by police McSheene said: “I took the generator and took it to my place for safe keeping because people were looting and I have a good working relationship with them (the generator owners).”
He then expressed that if the supermarket owners wanted to sell or rent it, he would be willing to do either.
He was subsequently charged.
He was granted $35,000 signed bail during his court appearance this week.
The matter was adjourned to November 27.