Two arrested for sweet potato theft
A St George man and another of no fixed address are the latest to be hauled before the courts for theft of agricultural produce.
Dwayne Omar Martindale, 33, of Salters St George, and Kirk Orlando Small, 40, were arrested and charged for stealing 296 pounds of sweet potatoes owned by Barbados Farms Limited.
On Tuesday September 27, police officers were on mobile patrol duty along Locus Hall, St George, when they encountered a motor car in the vicinity of a sweet potato field. The car sped away when the police vehicle approached. The officers gave chase and apprehended the men. A search of the vehicle revealed the stolen produce and Small and Martindale were later jointly charged with theft.
The two men appeared before the District B Magistrate Court yesterday, where they both pleaded guilty to the offence.
Martindale was fined $1,500 to be paid by October 28 or spend nine months in prison.
Small was sentenced to three months in prison to run concurrently with a nine-month suspended sentence for a previous offence.