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Thief caught

Repeat offender confesses to five out of 23 charges

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter appearing in court today and pleading guilty to five out of a series of offences involving the theft of handbags belonging to women, Shane Daniel Jeremiah Polin, 30, was remanded to familiar territory – HMP Dodds.

Shane Daniel Jeremiah Polin

Shane Daniel Jeremiah Polin

The repeat offender, whose address was given as Bartletts Tenantry, Sargeants Village, Christ Church, appeared before Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court.

The five crimes to which he pleaded guilty were committed within the Oistins jurisdiction. On Monday next week, he is scheduled to appear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court to answer 18 charges allegedly committed in that jurisdiction.

Then, on Wednesday, he will be back before Magistrate Birch in District C when the facts of the five matters will be presented. He is expected to be sentenced after attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at mitigates on his behalf.

Altogether, Polin is facing 23 charges; including 20 counts of stealing handbags and their contents.He has two more for stealing purses and one for stealing a portfolio. All of the complainants are female. The total value of the stolen items was just shy of $22 000.

Polin’s five confessions today related to victims Nesha Raja, Lavonne Parris, Richelle Brewster, Diana Jerson and Moreen Bushelle, whose bags were stolen between September 6 and December 23 last year.

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