Three charged with stealing sweet potatoes

Police have made a breakthrough into a spate of crop theft.

Ian Emmerson Bennett, 41, of Cliff, St John has been formally charged with stealing over 90 rods of sweet potatoes between April 5 and October 23rd last year.

Seymour DaCosta Inniss, 52, of Cliff, St John has also been arrested and charged with stealing over 20 rods of sweet potatoes between April 23rd and December 16th last year.

These offences were committed against the Egdecumbe Plantation, St George and Armag Farms, St John.

In the meantime, lawmen have arrested and formally charged Yvette May Butcher, 48, of Chapel No. 1, St Philip for having No Certificate of Purchase for 178 kilogrammes of sweet potatoes found in her possession on April 8th.

Lawmen, who were carrying out investigations into crop thefts, executed a search warrant at her residence.

The search discovered the sweet potatoes. Further investigations revealed that she did not have a certificate of purchase or receipt for the potatoes.

Bennett, Inniss and Butcher are expected to appear at the District C Magistrates Court today.

25 Responses to Three charged with stealing sweet potatoes

  1. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson April 11, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Well it’s a start , but there’s no light at the end of the tunnel yet as far as stealing from the farmers crops.

  2. Horace Boyce April 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

    With d price between $3.50/$4.00lb ppl will steal

    • Robert Holloway
      Robert Holloway April 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

      believe that is about 120 lbs of potatoes per rod (90 rods) , a lot for one person … 🙂

    • Horace Boyce April 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Depends on how they breaking some dont have much yield

    • Robert Holloway
      Robert Holloway April 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

      still a lot of potaoes, why they measured in rods which is a length,, is interesting , the story show another having No Certificate of Purchase for 178 kilogrammes ( 392 lbs) ..

  3. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway April 11, 2016 at 10:51 am


  4. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson April 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

    They need to go to jail. I can see if they were hungry and stole a couple potatoes, but rods…

  5. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck April 11, 2016 at 11:00 am
  6. Winston Gittens
    Winston Gittens April 11, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Good job…

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    They don’t want to work the land but they want to reap what is not theirs. Sentence them to three years planting potato slip.

  8. Kimberly Simmonds
    Kimberly Simmonds April 11, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Really wanna locking up ppl for sweet potatoes but letting out murders … Really

  9. Roslyn Clarke
    Roslyn Clarke April 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    A few farmers slept well knowing 3 less people out there roaming their fields at night. But, if found guilty, they should have to pay for every rod they stole and still get a few months at dodds!

  10. Elke Hassell
    Elke Hassell April 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    90 Rods: 1 Rod = 10 ft = 10 potatoe slips, each slip produces average up to 6 to 10 pounds. 90 Rods = 5400 pds min 10 000 pounds max = average price 2.50 per pound Totals $13500 Min and $25000 max. And I see some people here saying WHAT? Locked up for Potatoes? I guess the normal non farming person in Barbados has NO idea how tremendous this loss can be! Jezzz imagine going in the Supermarket and taking up items worth that amount and walk out. Hell, people in the days got locked up for stealing a bar of soup worth $2.00.

    • Michael Goddard April 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      So very true. This is commercial theft at a significant scale. Not simply a hungry person trying to take something to eat.

  11. Marilyn Weekes
    Marilyn Weekes April 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    About time!

  12. Alicia Sanderson
    Alicia Sanderson April 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    All yuh ain’t easy the people working hard all you all want to do is get it easy I hope the judge give you all hard and when you go jail you get HARD POTATOE

  13. Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin
    Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin April 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    And nobody can’t get charge for jahan yet smh

  14. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith April 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Not a sweeeet ending!

  15. jrsmith April 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Well done to our BPF, in this case a hefty fine by the courts and recompense to the farmers. there are just a bunch of thieves and the other person who will be done for receiving stolen property. Now the ones who stole the ducks, the grass and other things need to be caught…

  16. Flojoe Maloney
    Flojoe Maloney April 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Commercial theft

  17. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty April 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Thievery of agricultural provisions has its roots deep within the Barbadian cultural -ethos, though I have never heard of anyone being arrested for stealing the amount these guys are being accused of. And now that we are on the topic of stealing, it is just a happenstance that I happened to have over heard two West Indian colleagues of mine in deep discourse regarding the fact that when their were young lads in the Caribbean: how they thought little of stealing the mangoes from throughout the community and beyond. So this appears to be a rite of passage indicative of the people who now constitutes the chain of islands, we called the Caribbean archipelago.

  18. tenroad April 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Something for nothing .Lock them up .

  19. Tundr April 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    These checks need to be done more often – certificate of purchase or receipt for the potatoes


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