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Car battery thief given conditional discharge

A 64-year-old who stole a battery from a car waiting to be repaired at a garage was handed a conditional discharge.

Calvin Virgil, of Paget, pleaded guilty to stealing the $90 battery from a car parked at Rayclan Ltd in Pembroke on New Year’s Day.

He was arrested after officers on mobile patrol near the garage saw him walking through the area dressed in black and carrying a bag over his shoulder.

Virgil initially told police the battery was a gift from his aunt, but in February admitted taking it from an extensively damaged vehicle on the lot.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner handed Virgil a conditional discharge, meaning that a conviction will not be recorded against him as long as he does not commit another offence for the next 12 months.

“You should be careful with what type of, and whose, property you take without their permission,” Mr Warner said.

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Published April 03, 2012 at 9:48 am (Updated April 03, 2012 at 9:47 am)

Car battery thief given conditional discharge

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