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Phone shop burglar brings 18-year-old Jamaican to court in Antigua

The alleged theft of several items from a phone repair shop has landed 18-year-old Jamaican Tyrese Oglivie in court in Antigua and Barbuda.

Oglivie appeared in St John Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where the case was adjourned and a committal hearing set for September 13.

It is alleged that in early January, the Complainant returned to his store and found that it had been robbed. Among the items stolen were a number of smartphones, phone screens, headphones and chargers, all valued at more than EC$40,000.

Police were then called to the scene and it was speculated that the thieves had used a hammer and crowbar to gain access to the building.

A review of CCTV footage identified two suspects, one of whom was seen with a gray bag and wearing Nike slippers.

The complainant was informed a week later that a phone screen matching one of those stolen from his store was for sale on Facebook.

An arrangement was made by the complainant and he met the seller at his place of business, after which the police were notified and Oglivie reported him.

A subsequent search of Oglivie’s apartment reportedly revealed several phones and screens, as well as the bag and slipper matching those carried by one of the thieves captured in the CCTV footage.

The Jamaican was later arrested and charged.