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Men accused of stealing $259,000 from ATM offered bail

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | 8:18 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two men accused of stealing J$259,000 from an ATM in St Mary were granted bail when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court on Friday.

It is said that on April 24 policemen from the St Mary division noticed that two men wearing masks were inside an ATM cubicle appearing to be conducting a transaction.

The men were accosted and subsequently charged for forgery, conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretence, and possession of identity information.

Neither of the men lived in the parish.

Levar Henry, 25, of a Mammee Bay address in St Ann, and 31-year-old Shamarrie Davis, of a Waterloo Avenue, Kingston address, both denied the allegations.

The court heard that 36 National Commercial Bank (NCB) debit cards, along with corresponding pin numbers and J$259,000 were found in the men's possession.

The prosecutor also told the court that Henry was out on bail on a narcotics charge.

During the bail application attorney representing Davis, Shana-Kay Mitchell, informed the court of her client’s asthmatic condition and requested bail on humanitarian grounds.

He was offered bail in the sum of J$200,000 and is to surrender his travel documents and report to the Half Way Tree Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Meanwhile Henry, who was represented by attorney Oswest Senior Smith, was offered bail in the sum of J$350,000 and is to report daily to the St Ann’s Bay Police Station.

The men are to return to court on June 17, 2014.

Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser gave strict warning to both accused before they were escorted out of court.

"Stay away from the ATM," she said. "They have ears to hear, so let them hear," RM Fraser added.

Raquel Porter

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