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Hamilton Parish man had laptop taken at gunpoint

A Radnor Drive man was remanded into custody after he admitted having a laptop that was recently stolen from visitors in an armed robbery.

Tristan Daniels, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of dishonestly receiving stolen goods, specifically a Macbook Air laptop, on March 8.

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney told the court that at around 8.51pm on March 5, two men robbed a mother and her two daughters at gunpoint at a Southampton cottage, taking cash, phones, a digital camera and a laptop computer.

During the subsequent police investigation, officers learned that there was a tracking device on the laptop, and that it had been used at a Radnor Drive home.

Officers began to prepare for an operation at the home when, at around 4pm, they saw Daniels leaving the home carrying a black bag and walk towards the nearby Hamilton Workman’s Club.

The officers later saw Daniels walk out of that building carrying a laptop matching the description of the stolen computer.

The officers stopped the defendant and questioned him about the computer. Asked about who owned the computer, he responded: “It’s my boy’s.”

Daniels was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, but during a subsequent police interview, denied any knowledge of the incident.

Instead, he said that a friend had approached him with the laptop and asked him to download music editing software for him.

Daniels told police that the computer appeared new had became concerned it might have been stolen, but did as he was asked without asking any questions.

Mr Mahoney said police are looking to speak to the man who Daniels claimed gave him the laptop, but have been unsuccessful in locating him.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Daniels pleaded guilty but denied knowing the computer was stolen.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner responded: “Either you are lying about how you came by the computer, or you have a defence to this charge.”

He also said that he takes the matter of receiving stolen goods as a serious one because there would be no robberies without people willing to receive the goods.

“This is a robbery, a real serious robbery,” Mr Warner said. “I believe that if you rob tourists, especially in the aggravated way that these tourists were robbed, you should be dealt with differently and in a real serious way for obvious reasons. Not just in these economic times, but any and all.”

Mr Warner adjourned the matter for two weeks, remanding Daniels into custody until then.

A Police Spokesman said yesterday that officers are still looking for additional information that would help bring the robbers to justice.

“Detectives from the Serious Crime Unit have been continuing their investigation into the robberies that occurred at a Southampton residence near The Reefs property and at Lolly’s Well Road, Smiths, on Monday, March 5,” the spokesman said.

“Whilst some success has been made in making an arrest and recovering some of the property stolen, officers are still looking for information.”

Anyone that may have seen two males on a dark coloured motorcycle in the vicinity of South Road and Tribe Road number three, or Lolly’s Well Road and Harrington Sound Road, Smiths is urged to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 295-0011 or to call the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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Published March 13, 2012 at 9:53 am (Updated March 13, 2012 at 9:52 am)

Hamilton Parish man had laptop taken at gunpoint

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