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Gasoline thieves nabbed

Two men caught red-handed stealing gasoline from the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) escaped jail time and fines today.

But Christopher James of Keizer Hill, Christ Church and Julian Kirton of Crest View, Eden Lodge, St Michael, both 32 years old, were each placed on a one-year bond after appearing in the District “B” Magistrate Court and admitting to stealing 55 litres of gasoline.

Failure to stay out of trouble will cost them $700 forthwith or a prison term of three months.

James and Kirton were arrested around 12:25 am yesterday when police responded to a call that two men were siphoning gasoline from a storage tank at the BNTCL facility.

The value of the fuel was $200.

James was also charged with possession of a small quantity of cannabis which police found on him when they responded to the report, but he was reprimanded and discharged for that offence.


11 Responses to Gasoline thieves nabbed

  1. Donna Clarke
    Donna Clarke August 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    What ever the hell next?

  2. Donna Clarke
    Donna Clarke August 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    What ever the hell next?

  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke August 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm


  4. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde August 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    This is bound to happen…it was only a matter of time I guess. People rob graves of wreaths, the cooper out of wire on utility poles, so this week it’s gas some other thing will be stolen down the road once people get desperate enough for what they want.

  5. Daniel Burton
    Daniel Burton August 22, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Theft of fuel in Barbados is a serious problem and they were not even fined?

  6. Daniel Burton
    Daniel Burton August 22, 2014 at 1:08 am

    And are we living in 1950? $700 is hardly any incentive to stay out of trouble for a year.

  7. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 22, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Too soft on crime.

  8. a king August 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

    water was first now this look out light n power,natural gas
    the fines was 2 soft

  9. Tony Webster August 22, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Whilst it possible, just possible, that this is their first infraction, it is also possible, dare say probable, that it was the umpteenth time. What about the time off-from work, entailed by the management and other staff, involved in reporting the crime; giving statements; more time off to attend court. PLUS, the time expended by our police, and court staff? ? Regardless, one has to ask : What the heck has become of the so-called deterrent effect of a firm hand, in sentencing such culprits? I imagine they might have laughed themselves into hysterics, immediately upon leaving the court.
    There must be a logical, rational explanation, but this certainly passes my understanding. Why does this remind me that we have out-of-control praedial larceny?

  10. Reds August 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    $700???? People who get report for doing 110 on an 80kph road getting 800 and up from a judge. Well well well what is Barbados’s legal system coming too.

  11. hill August 30, 2014 at 6:22 am

    i know these guys and they’ve been doing it for years!!!! my speeding tickets cost more


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