18-year-old Jamaican man charged with robbing phone repair shop in Antigua

An 18-year-old Jamaican man has been charged for his alleged role in the theft of several items from a phone repair in Antigua and Barbuda in January.

Tyrese Oglivie appeared in St John Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The case has been adjourned and a committal hearing is scheduled for September 13, according to media on the Eastern Caribbean island.

According to the allegations, in early January, the complainant returned to his store and noticed that it had been broken into. Among the items stolen were a number of smart phones, phone screens, headphones and charges – all worth over EC$40,000.

Police were later alerted to the scene and it was speculated that the thieves had used a hammer and crowbar to gain access to the store.

A review of CCTV footage later identified two suspects, one of whom was seen with a gray bag and wearing Nike slippers.

The complainant was informed a week later that a phone screen matching one of those stolen from his store was for sale on Facebook.

An arrangement was made by the complainant and he met the seller at his place of business, after which the police were notified and Oglivie reported him.

A subsequent search of Oglivie’s apartment reportedly revealed several phones and screens, as well as the bag and slipper matching those carried by one of the thieves captured in the CCTV footage.

The Jamaican was later arrested and charged.

Daniel C. Williams