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Teens admit stealing phone and handbag

A pair of teenagers admitted snatching a woman’s phone and handbag when they appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Raheem Wray, 18, of Devonshire, pleaded guilty to stealing a silver iPhone 6 belonging to Chelsea Burns in Pembroke on August 12.

Stanwon Swan, 17, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to stealing $900 worth of items belonging to Ms Burns on the same date.

The court heard that Ms Burns was followed by Wray, Swan and two other men as she was walking west on Pitts Bay Road.

She did not respond when they tried to make verbal contact but sat down on a bench and was texting on her phone, when the defendants also sat down.

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney said that one of the defendants then proceeded to snatch her phone, with the other grabbing her handbag.

Although Ms Burns chased the duo, they got away by running down Woodbourne Avenue.

Ms Burns contacted Police, who recovered CCTV footage of the incident.

Swan was arrested on September 3 and although he denied the allegations at first, his mother was able to identify the people in the footage.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered social inquiry reports and granted both defendants $2,000 bail with a like surety on the condition that they abide by a curfew and report to Police twice a week.

The matter was adjourned to September 28 for sentencing.

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