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Left holding a bag... of dirt!

81-year-old man tricks three women out of their wedding rings

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, August 18, 2014    

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THE police are now looking for an 81-year-old man who reportedly tricked three women and robbed them of their wedding rings after he told them that he was a spiritual healer and pastor.

The accused, Carlton Thompson, of Roberts Avenue in Kingston, reportedly instructed the women to take off their rings for him to "read them up" but disappeared with the wedding bands after he told them to pray.

One of the women was reportedly told to place her ring in a brown paper bag and was given a paper bag filled with dirt and told not to open it until she got home.

The senior citizen, who was later arrested and charged with two counts of larceny by trick, was released on station bail and was booked for court last Tuesday. However, he failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Initially, Thompson was charged for tricking two women in separate incidents in downtown Kingston, but on Tuesday when the matter was mentioned a third woman showed up in court, claiming that she, too, was tricked out of her ring and that she had reported the matter.

According to one of the complainants, who is 49 years old, she was at the intersection of Princess and Heywood streets when Thompson approached her and started telling her about God and what He has been doing in his life. He then told her to take off her ring and put it in a brown paper bag and later gave her back the bag and instructed her not to open it until she got home, the woman said.

Thompson then reportedly told the woman to say the Lord's Prayer and to walk across the street. She did. However, when she got to the other side and looked across, Thompson was nowhere in sight.

The woman then checked the bag and realised that it was filled with dirt. She then went and reported the matter.

In the other incident, a 56-year-old dressmaker reported that she was in downtown Kingston on July 9 when Thompson approached her and started to tell her that something was not right in her life, after introducing himself as Pastor Bogle of Mount Carnel Church. He also reportedly told her he was a spiritual healer.

The complainant reported that Thompson then started to tell her things about the earth and told her to take off her ring and even helped her.

The woman said Thompson then instructed her to repeat Psalms 23 three times and to walk in front him and not to look back. However, she said she told him that she was going to walk towards her taxi and when she looked back he had disappeared with her ring.

On Tuesday, Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser berated the women for being so foolish and asked them why they needed someone to pray over their rings when they could do it for themselves.

"Maam, you don't go to church, why you need people to pray on things for you, all you have to do is bend your knees and pray. I don't know how people can be so stupid," the RM said.

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