Man accused of stealing $650,000 tells police he has 'five hungry belly pickney fi feed'

Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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A man who allegedly stole $650,000 from a truck in downtown Kingston and told police that he has “five hungry belly pickney fi feed” when he was told to return the money, was yesterday remanded when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Phillip Rowe, who is facing a charge of simple larceny, was arrested last Thursday after being in hiding since the alleged theft in May.

The court heard that on May 29 the complainant parked his truck on Princess Street, came out of the vehicle, and left it open for a short while. He later realised that a box he had left inside the truck with $650,000 was missing.

The complainant reportedly did not see anyone going inside his truck but Rowe, who is known to the investigating officer, was reportedly seeing running from the truck with the box.

The investigating officer told the court that he saw Rowe an hour later who admitted to taking the money and was allowed to go and retrieve it, but did not return that day.

Five days later the policeman said he called Rowe and again asked him to return the money, but Rowe told him “Mi have five hungry belly fi feed and only $300,000 mi have left.”

The court was also told that Rowe, following the alleged theft, bought a car.

But yesterday in court Rowe, while admitting that he had told the officer that he had taken the money, said he was not being truthful that day and lied out of fear for his life.

“This man tek a set on me and I admit, cause I am in fear. this man called mi wife in New York and say he going kill mi in my house,” Rowe told the judge.

But Judge Ellis told him that it is evident that the policeman is not as bad as he claimed as he had allowed him to go for the money that day and did not shoot him.

In regard to the car, Rowe said that he bought the car two months ago and that his wife had sent him the money to make the purchase. He also told the court that it was his second car.

The judge then enquired about Rowe's status and was told that he is in custody and that his family is sorting out legal representation.

But the liaison officer told the judge that Rowe had a bad reputation and was well known by the police, who have a hard time catching him.

Hence the judge told him, “This is not the best time for you to be at large, stay with the police.”

Rowe is scheduled to return to court January 8.

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