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Burglar remanded in custody

A 29-year-old burglar has been remanded in custody pending sentencing for three separate matters.

Appearing in Magistrates’ Court this morning, David Robinson, of no fixed abode, admitted trespassing and stealing from WJ Boyle & Son in St George’s on January 18.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing from Somers Supermart in St George’s on January 16, as well as causing more than $2,000 worth of damage at the Rubis service station in Paget on January 13.

The court heard that on January 18, police were called to a burglary in progress at the St George’s shoe store.

The glass door had been smashed and officers could see Robinson inside the store. However, he eluded them by retreating to the back of the store and onto the roof of a neighbouring building.

They pursued him and he eventually surrendered and agreed to come off the roof. A pair of sneakers worth $59.95 and a pair of socks valued at $19.95 were found in his possession.

Two days previously, Robinson had been observed entering the Somers Supermart in St George’s on three separate occasions, leaving each time without making a purchase.

The fourth time, he was followed by the store manager, who saw him put food in a plastic container before losing sight of Robinson.

A cashier later informed the manager that Robinson had left the store without paying for a bag of BBQ chips, a soda and the container of food, estimated at a total value of $10.

In the third matter, Robinson approached the cashier in the service station at about 6.45pm, telling her he had been threatened by a taxi driver and that she should call the police.

When the cashier hesitated, he used his mobile phone and spoke to what the cashier believed was the police.

She noticed that Robinson became “excitable” and heard him swear. He then left the building, picked up a fire bucket and threw it across the forecourt, damaging it beyond repair.

After attempting to move a sign that was chained down, he grabbed a fire extinguisher and threw it through the glass door.

Robinson then ran away and the cashier called police, who identified Robinson using the CCTV footage.

The court heard that the damage caused to the door amounted to $2,252.35, whereas the fire bucket cost $13.95.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo order court reports on Robinson and remanded him in custody on all three matters.

He is set to reappear for sentencing on March 30.

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