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Following disturbing reactions and gestures, Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-Dabreo, in a very stern manner, advised Edgar Ovalles of East End that counselling is much needed in his state.
During an appearance yesterday, February 15 before the Magistrate’s Court in relation to two counts of theft, Ovalles, who is currently on remand, was observed smiling uncontrollably, talking to himself and playing in his hair, among other things.
The accused pleaded guilty to the charges, which stem from separate incidents.
The court then proceeded to discuss bail for the accused and for him to attend much needed counselling, sanctioned by the court. His bail will be further discussed on March 16.
As disclosed by the court, on July 11, 2016, Ovalles entered Riteway Supermarket in Road Town with a bag on his back.
The court heard that an employee of the establishment recognized the accused as someone who previously stole from the store and kept him under close watch.
Ovalles was observed making his way around the store, where he stole 1 bottle of Brugal rum, 2 bottles of Mount Gay rum, 4 packs of Trident gum and 3 packs of Wrigleys gum. The stolen items amounted to $34.74.
On making his way out the store, the court heard that Ovalles visited the cashier and paid for a beer and proceeded to leave, before being stopped by security.
He was asked to empty his bag, but refused, saying he had nothing in his bag.
When police arrived on the scene, a search of his person and his bag retrieved all the stolen items.
It was noted that at this time, the accused told officers that he brought the items from East End.
Under further questioning, he then disclosed that he stole the gum from Riteway, and the bottles of rum where taken from a store in East End.
The other charge stems from an incident that occurred on July 28, 2016 when the accused was caught red handed at Fine Foods Supermarket in East End.
In the morning of the day in question, Ovalles was observed stealing gum for the store. He was caught and advised to put it back, to which he complied.
Later that very day, employees saw the accused enter the store and headed straight to the liquor section.
In the process of leaving, security stopped the accused at the door and demanded that he return what he had stolen, to which he started to curse loudly.
A search conducted by officers retrieved 2 bottles of Mount Gay rum from his pockets.
As a result of the find, the court heard that he told the officers that he had bought the items from Fine Foods Supermarket.
Under further questioning at the East End Police Station, he then stated that he had bought the rum from Rite Way Supermarket.