Sweet potato thief remanded
One day after two men were charged for the theft of potatoes, a third man appeared in court today for a similar offence.
When Grantley McDonald Dacosta Thorpe of Valley Land, St George appeared before Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court today, he pleaded guilty to stealing 105 lbs of potatoes worth $262 from Carrington Estates Limited on April 11, 2016, as well as 20 rods of sweet potatoes worth $500 from Constant Plantation sometime between March 8 and 9.
He however pleaded not guilty to stealing seven bags of onions from Valley Plantation between April 7 and 8.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Azel Skeete told the court that the manager at Carrington Estates went to the field located at Chapel, St Philip where he saw Thorpe with a bag of potatoes.
Thorpe attempted to make a getaway through the nearby canefields, but was caught by the manager.
He was taken to the police station where he admitted to the offence.
When questioned, Thorpe also admitted to stealing the rods from Constant Plantation.
He was remanded to prison until April 14, when he will answer to the charge of stealing the onions.