Trio remanded over $2.5M break-in at Water St store

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CHIEF Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday remanded three men to prison over a break and enter offence committed on a Water Street store.Labourer Joshua Meredith, 20, of Lot 34 Queen Street, South Cummingsburg, Dennis Downer, 24, a vendor of Lot 12 ‘A’ Rosemary Lane, and Dellon Halley, 24, of Lot 13 ‘A’ Water and Holmes Street, Georgetown, all pleaded not guilty to the charge, particulars of which said that between March 26 and 27 at Water Street, Georgetown, they broke and entered the business place of Harish Baxani and stole a quantity of television sets, one microwave and one speaker box, together valued at $2.514 M.
Police Inspector Michael Grant, prosecuting, said on March 26 the virtual complainant (VC) secured his store and left for his home. The following morning around 03:30 hrs he received a phone call from someone who said that there was a break-in at his store. Subsequently, he made contact with the police and when they arrived at the scene, they saw the three defendants. Police gave chase to a house where they went into hiding. They were caught and seven flat screen television sets were recovered in the said house which the VC positively identified as his property.
The three men were represented by Attorney-at-law Mr. Paul Fung-a-Fat, who did not succeed in acquiring bail for his clients.
The prosecutor successfully objected to the pretrial liberty of the trio, citing the prevalence of the offence and the fact that they had previous charges before another court. He further objected on the grounds that investigations are still ongoing and they are likely to be other charges of a similar nature committed on the same store prior to this incident.
Bail was refused and the case was put off to April 14.
By Geeta Rampersaud