By Latrishka Thomas
Two youths who admitted to being involved in a break-in and robbery at an electronics store last year have been sentenced.
Jahvante Lloyd and Teqwanya Jno Baptiste were involved in the incident at DAT’s Trending, a store in the Twist Mall, in early January 2021 when they were both 19 years old.
One evening the victim secured his business only to find out through an employee who showed up to work a day or two later that the place had been broken into and a number of items had stolen, including the cash register containing $200.
While viewing the surveillance footage, the Complainant noticed that two people with covered faces burst in.
He reported the matter to the police and noted that numerous cell phones, accessories and other electronic devices with a total value of $19,472 had been stolen.
Further investigations led police to go undercover in Golden Grove where they found Jno Baptiste with a bag in his hand.
The undercover vehicle stopped and Jno Baptiste handed over the bag.
Police got out of the car, identified themselves and questioned the girl, who said a boy had given her the item to sell.
They stopped her and on the way to the station she said “officer, I lied, my brother gave me the phone and a bag of items to sell” and she started giving them the name of Lloyd.
It is believed that at some point on the night of January 11, 2021, Lloyd and a minor broke into the mall through a window, entered the store and stole the items.
Lloyd was therefore charged with burglary and theft, while Jno Baptiste was charged with concealment.
Lloyd was sent to jail for 10 months while Jno Baptiste was fined $1,200 which she must pay by June 30.
Judge Colin Williams presided over the case.