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Man charged with near $1 million jewellery heist

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 26-year-old man appeared before Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles at the Oistins Magistrates’ Court today, charged with stealing almost $1 million worth of jewellery from a Christ Church hotel.

Rommel Jamal Small, of no fixed place of abode, is charged that sometime between January 3 and 10 this year, he entered the Butterfly Beach Hotel as a trespasser and stole two rings valued $892,000, two pairs of earrings valued $66,000, a chain and pendant worth $40,000, and $60 in cash.

The total value of the items, which belonged to Swiss visitor Brigitte Mavromichalish, was $998,060.

He was not required to plead to the indictable charge and was remanded to prison until March 9.


8 Responses to Man charged with near $1 million jewellery heist

  1. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte February 10, 2015 at 5:54 am

    wonder if he knew the value of the items?

  2. Alex Alleyne February 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Where was SECURITY ? .

  3. curiousastheyget February 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Ammmmmmmmmmmm couple things:

    1. this sound so familiar………….remember that other couple who had Law Enforcement on a wild goose chase and then only to find out it was bid insurance fraud scam.

    2. Butterfly beach hotel is a small quaint hotel on the south coast, wonder why she didn’t stay where all the other millionaires stay…….just looking at the price of the jewelry she is claiming to miss.

  4. jackson unplugged February 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    It is known that tourists who are victims of theft/robberies inflate the actual costs of the items so-called missing for insurance purposes.

    One of the biggest scams associated with visitors to the island.

    if you told me they were guests at one of the bigger hotels I would probably be more of a believer.

    Off to jail! Regardless of value, the items are not yours.

  5. Tony Waterman February 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    What Bothers me about this Story, is that with all this Expensive Jewellry whilst on VACATION the only Had $60.00 in Cash Hanging around.
    The last time that happened with those Brits, it was all an Insurance Scam, as long as you Report it to Police and Have a Police report in your Possession and no Items to show (Stashed away) the Insurance Company has no Choice but to Pay Up.
    did the Police recover any of this ALLEGEDLY STOLEN Property
    The RBPF should do Due Diligence on this one.

  6. Maxine Hutchinson February 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Sounds “fishy” to me! I hope they show the Police the invoice or some other proof that they did indeed have such jewellery in their possession. If they did have it, why did they leave it lying around so that someone could find it easily? Again, I somehow am having great difficulty with believing this one.

  7. Mike February 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Before you speak on things you dont know ask yourself if you think that just because someone has money that they “deserve” to be robbed. The terror and fear that the person would be going though after the experience i wouldnt want to wish on anyone except maybe the thief.

  8. Michael Watkins February 11, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Just to clarify things as someone who knows the lady personally. The story refers to her as a “Visitor” She is actually a Barbadian National. She spends a lot of time in Barbados and yes the robbery is all true and not “ALLEGEDLY” any sort of “FISHY” scam. There just seems to be a lot of negativity towards a woman who I have known my whole life and has always been a wonderful woman. She is a well respected woman who I don’t think deserves this kind of negativity against her character. I can see the whole “Visitor” label would be the main thing that would throw the story into a more shady light. “BTW. it’s Mavromichalis. I know it’s not an easy name to get right.


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