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.

7 Responses to Two arrested for sweet potato theft

  1. Brien King
    Brien King October 1, 2016 at 10:28 am


  2. Phil October 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    They will tell the Magistrate that they are poor hungry black men without work, and family to feed, and it will be revealed that there are a dozen votes in each family circle and they will be slapped on the wrist, ordered to pay a small fine which will be channeled through a third party from some politician from up above, and all is well that ends well. The farmer will get back his oroduce so no body loses. Next case ….

  3. Shurf October 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I feel that these crop thieves should be fine heavier, the cost of the potatoes, time of the farmer, then double it and then community service of helping plant back the crop

  4. jrsmith October 1, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    What’s next from bajans,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  5. Phil October 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    jrsmith….. Honestly, What do you expect next?

  6. Leroy October 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Well, they aint poor or even hungry they just dont want no work and want to live the high life, I know these men.

  7. BoboTheClown October 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    If I cultivated my fields and planted edible crops and found that they were constantly being stolen i know how lenient the courts are when these predators are caught and brought before the courts. I would want to place a few huge signs around my fields warning any potential thieves that if caught there would be no Police calls. My sign would be made quite clear to all. It would read something like this.
    ” Due to increase cost of ammunition , there will not be any warning shots fired”. I would hope that any one that could read would understand what that meant.


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