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Major theft

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING ALMOST $60 000

courtA St Joseph woman has been charged with stealing nearly $60,000, and that was the amount of bail she was granted when she appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant this afternoon.

Olivia Esdale Austin, 39, of Yearwood Road, Sugar Hill is accused of stealing $59,251. 92 belonging to Cage (Barbados) Incorporated on February 18, 2013.

She was not required to plead to the indictable offence.

With no objections from the police prosecutor she was granted bail with two sureties and will return to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ No 2 Court tomorrow.

In another matter involving theft of money, Terry Winston Stowe was granted $500 personal bail and ordered to return to court tomorrow as well.

Stowe, 31, of Lower Brighton, St George, pleaded guilty to stealing $240 belonging to Theresa Chase.

In presenting the facts, police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill revealed that Stowe was on Bishops Court Hill with Chase, a newspaper vendor, on the day in question. The two had put away the newspapers in a bag with the money and were walking along the road when Stowe, who was walking slightly ahead, ran off with the bag. He made it to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he caught a taxi.

When he reached President John Kennedy Drive, he kept the money and threw away the rest of the bag’s contents.

The matter was reported to the police and Stowe was arrested and admitted to the offence.

When he appeared before Cuffy-Sargeant, he apologized for his actions.

“I was down and out and hungry . . . and short on rent and money for my cellular phone charges,” he sought to explain.

Asked whether the property was recovered, the prosecutor reported that the accused had said the items were disposed of in a garbage can and “unfortunately on that same day the garbage came and took it.”

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