Four men in court over stolen credit card shopping spree
A young man stole credit cards belonging to a tourist and then went on a shopping spree with three of his friends, prosecutors allege.
Prosecutor Cindy Clarke told Magistrates’ Court that victim Krissana Nakjoo-Dezevallos and her husband Geoffrey Dezevallos were visiting from Georgia when their backpack was stolen on December 12.
They had left it in the basket of their rental cycle during a lunchtime visit to Shelly Bay in Hamilton Parish.
Ms Clarke alleged that Denzil Chase, 20, took the bag containing a Citi bank Visa card and Chase bank Visa card.
She said that Chase took one card for himself and gave the other to Eugene Bassett and Dejuan Simons, both 23, and Ryan Richardson, 21.
Ms Clarke alleged that all four men then proceeded to go shopping with them.
When the tourists contacted their banks in the US to cancel the cards, they were notified of several unauthorised purchases made on the afternoon of the theft.
These were at Steppin’ Up clothing store in Hamilton Parish and at three St George’s shops; Egmont’s gift shop, the English Sports Shop and WJ Boyle shoe shop. Further purchases were made at Pizza House and Belvin’s Variety.
Police were later informed that a man used the Citi card to try to obtain two televisions and a DJ mixer at the M&M electronic store, but the transaction was declined as being unauthorised.
The store clerk told police the person who tried to make the purchase was still in the store, and pointed out Bassett to them.
Ms Clarke said police raided Bassett’s home and seized clothing and other items and he admitted his role in the crime.
Further inquiries were made and Simons attended Hamilton Police Station on December 21 where he handed over items of clothing.
He said one of the other men handed him the credit card at Belvin’s Variety and he then went to Steppin’ Up where he bought clothing along with others accused in the case.
Simons told Police he was with Bassett during the visit to M&M electronics and the failed bid to buy the TVs and mixing deck.
When the four men, who are all from Hamilton Parish, appeared in Magistrates’ Court, Chase denied stealing a Chase bank Visa card and Citi bank Visa card from Ms Nakjoo-Dezevallos.
He also denied using the Citi card to buy $374 worth of boots and socks from WJ Boyle shoe shop and the Citi card to buy $84.95 worth of clothes from the English Sports Shop in St George’s.
Bassett and Simons admitted dishonestly receiving the Chase card and using it to dishonestly obtain $1,827 worth of clothing from Steppin’ Up.
Richardson denied using the card to buy the clothing. Bassett and Simons also admitted using the Citi card to attempt to obtain electronic goods from the M&M store.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said an administrative hearing will be held on March 13 to fix a trial date for Chase and Richardson. Meanwhile Bassett and Simons will be sentenced in April after reports have been prepared on them.