Serial thief who targeted elderly jailed for three years

A man dubbed the “hundred dollar thief”, who targeted elderly women by claiming to be delivering money and goods from their relatives, has been caught and is now behind bars.

Ricardo Cortez Browne was sentenced to 36 months in prison today after admitting to 12 counts of stealing $1,890 in cash and one count of intent to commit theft.

Ricardo Browne
Ricardo Browne

All of the Woodbourne, St Philip resident’s victims were between the ages of 67 and 91. Only one was male.

The 54-year-old, whose picture was being circulated on social media after he was caught on a security camera,  appeared before Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court after police investigations into a string of thefts across the island led to his arrest. He pleaded guilty to committing the offences between September 23 last year and last month.

Beckles took issue with the fact that Browne, who had more than 50 convictions, including 15 for fraud and over 30 for theft, had taken advantage of seniors.

“The courts are here to protect the vulnerable members of the society,” she said, after asking Browne how he would have felt if his mother or grandmother been victims of the kind of crimes he committed.

According to Constable Gazelda Knights who prosecuted the case, Browne went to the seniors’ homes claiming to have parcels and money for them, sent by family members.

He was very friendly in his approach and in some instances, named the relatives who sent the items and managed to gain the trust of his victims.

After entering each home, he would ask the elderly people for money before handing over the packages. In some cases, he said he needed Barbados dollars in exchange for US cash.

Once he got the money he fled.

There were also instances where Browne took the money from his victims, said he was going to his car to get the parcels, but never returned.

In another instance, he approached a vendor on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital grounds and offered to sell her US money. When she refused, he offered to buy items but said he needed a $100 bill changed. When the female vendor handed it over, Browne scampered.

In yet another case, the thief offered to return to one of his victims with ointment to help with her arthritis.

An off-duty constable reportedly caught up with Browne at his home.

Explaining his actions, the thief told the Chief Magistrate that he had a cocaine problem and wanted to go to Verdun House.

Beckles assured him that he could go, but only after he served his time at Dodds.

For the five times he committed theft between last September 23 and December 7, Browne was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

For the other seven counts of theft, occurring between January 21 and March 19 this year, he was given an additional 18-month term to run consecutively.

The unemployed man was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the sole charge of intent to commit theft.

Source: (Sandra Downes)

45 Responses to CAUGHT!

  1. Neal Rouse
    Neal Rouse April 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Scum! And wanna use the Cop Out bout how he addicted to coke n wanna go up de Mental Lool

  2. Hazel Morgan
    Hazel Morgan April 13, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    That’s all the time that bastard got?

  3. Makeda Marshall
    Makeda Marshall April 13, 2015 at 11:21 pm


  4. Heather Clarke
    Heather Clarke April 13, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    One down. How many more

  5. Suzette Lashley
    Suzette Lashley April 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Good job RBPF! Damn thief.

  6. Donna Garraway
    Donna Garraway April 13, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!! To him…hope he meet one of his victims or one of their family members up there.

  7. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams April 13, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Shud be dead

  8. Tricia Sweets
    Tricia Sweets April 14, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Nuff more crooks out there to be caught*ah next one on the run claiming he looking for he child mother and asking for a phone call an coming in ya home an rob ya smh ,I don’t know y our pm don’t hurry up and straighten out this country with flowing jobs and money be4 all we end up dead

  9. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer April 14, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Only 36 months to eat and sleep for free after taking the old peoples money, he wants public shaming!

  10. Toni Beckles
    Toni Beckles April 14, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Glad he was caught. On October 1st 2012 he scammed me out of $100 the same way he did the lady by the Qeh. I know that lady that sells clothes in the river terminal glad to see him caught also as he did the same to her.

  11. Shelly Blackman
    Shelly Blackman April 14, 2015 at 1:10 am

    he looks familiar.. omg!

  12. Pinky Swear
    Pinky Swear April 14, 2015 at 1:13 am

    i heard many stories about this man, he even drives a van with children and goes to daycares pretending to inquire about registering them and asks to change US then drives off. he should get more time. Too damn wicked.

  13. Cherie Proverbs
    Cherie Proverbs April 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Only 3 years and he is not going to change all them convictions already and was he caught for scamming you Toni Beckles

  14. Cecille White
    Cecille White April 14, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Should’ve been ten years.

  15. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew April 14, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Three years what can that do he just get more fat in there and come out and do the same thing again ….. What 15 years or 20 ?

  16. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 14, 2015 at 2:16 am

    This is the man on face

  17. Annette Odle
    Annette Odle April 14, 2015 at 2:50 am

    He nearly had me too…he came to my shop a couple years called for 18 drinks and then asking me if I had change from a US $100.00 I had to ask him where he think s small shop could find that change. He think he is so smart hope he gets it good up there.

  18. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne April 14, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Wicked. If guilty, banish from the Kingdom of Barbados by catapult.

  19. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 14, 2015 at 3:41 am

    He should be made to cut cane and tidy up the beach for life.

  20. Sophia Webb Barrow
    Sophia Webb Barrow April 14, 2015 at 3:49 am

    U all Don’t have the 3rd strick law? That is, on your 3rd sentenced, guilty offense, you’re lock down for good. .his crimes were too thought out, organize for he to be crazy

  21. Shurf De
    Shurf De April 14, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Blasted scammers, another one caught. Should get longer sentence

  22. Michael Doughty Sr.
    Michael Doughty Sr. April 14, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Told u guys about slap on the wrist for these crooks out there

  23. Barbara Proverbs
    Barbara Proverbs April 14, 2015 at 6:33 am

    He all must had me

  24. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne April 14, 2015 at 6:50 am

    that time is not long enough we want 10 yrs in prison.

  25. Cheryl Stoute April 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I wish all the people he rob could be present in court he use my name to rob me through my staff 4 times .he did not get enough time never the less he is one less I have to worry about at Christmas thank God.

  26. Angel Maloney
    Angel Maloney April 14, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Only 3 yrs smdh he shoulda get 3yrs fa each victim n it shouldn’t have to run concurrently make n example out of him

  27. dwayne jordan April 14, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Tried scamming me a while back, bout he have $100 bill in car so make him change,i said no and he left,,after a min he didnt return,,but he fast on foot bc I went looking for him,lemme tell ya,,he wudda get brek up if my neighbourhood search party did find him.

  28. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid April 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

    He hand want cutting off he just gone on a all expense paid vacation by us the hard working citizens he making plans for when he come back to work

  29. Shantelle Yearwood
    Shantelle Yearwood April 14, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Hmmm if he was in US OR CANADA he would have gotten a harsher sentence barbados needs to toughen up on their sentences especially crime like this sort

  30. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens April 14, 2015 at 8:10 am

    smhhhhhhhh only three years that giving a real good impression to the others who thinking of doing it , steal alot and go spnd 3yrs in dodds thanks alot

  31. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 14, 2015 at 8:12 am

    what a joke just 36 months !

  32. kathy-Ann Clarke April 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    At last, I am so happy that he was caught, too lied and wicked. he didnt get to come my way, cause I do not give in so easily, especially when it come to money, but I hope he will rot in jail. Should have spent his elderly days serving God, not scamming people. Damn fool, he is.

  33. sherry ann cumberbatch April 14, 2015 at 8:54 am

    the Barbados law

  34. Claudette Jones
    Claudette Jones April 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

    3 Square meals a day at tax payers expense. Put them to work

  35. Yvonne Griffith
    Yvonne Griffith April 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Some people are just BAD! Gosh!

  36. Lydia S StClair
    Lydia S StClair April 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    he should be fed every two days … from morning to night

  37. Carisma Amor
    Carisma Amor April 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    We have to many acres bout here that want debushing put them to do hard labour

  38. Patricia Bowen
    Patricia Bowen April 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

    What a shame. Robbing the elderly and the poor is disgraceful. The same people that would be the first to bring out the smelling salts if he fell sick. Dear dear dear.

  39. Tony Waterman April 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

    @Angel Maloney!!!!! The Sentence is to be served Consecutively NOT Concurrently, he will definitely be in Dodds for 36 Months.

  40. bernard and india walker April 14, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Now start your legal weed debate here. LIKe the USA . What job can some one do stoned. Now I blog for Rihanna. we talked about this many times in the last 2 yrs. Tell us your answer

  41. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe April 14, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    “three years?” He will surely continue the same behaviour when he returns to society. Not good. What will he do there to change his behavior?

  42. Michelle Joseph
    Michelle Joseph April 14, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Sadly he may only serve half that as “good behaviour” will get he out early so he can continue stealing from all the hard working people…too many thieves with 20-30 charges get out on bail and rack up more then get barely any time up the road so to them its worth it…stricter punishments are needed for sure….

  43. Kim-Marie Donaie
    Kim-Marie Donaie April 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    My only regret was that a male relative didn’t catch him n beat his asz to s smoothie pulp


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