Magistrate Douglas Frederick today ordered a pre-sentencing report on a 25-year-old waitress whole stole a patron’s handbag after she forgot it at a restaurant she patronised.
Alison Aldeane Devonish, 25, pleaded guilty before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court to committing the offence against the Canadian visitor. Among the stolen items were a camera and cellular phone; all of the items totalled $2,480. 85 in value.
Devonish, a first-time offender, is from Halls Land, Bank Hall, St Michael.
In the facts which Station Sergeant Neville Watson referred to, the complainant and her daughter-in-law went to have breakfast at the hotel where Devonish works.
When they arrived there yesterday about 9.30 a.m., the complainant Tina Johnson put her bag over the back of her chair. She left the restaurant about 10.30 a.m. but it was only an hour or so later that she realised she had forgotten the bag at the restaurant.
She returned there, inquiring about her property but no-one had any information about the bag. Johnson looked around and, on seeing her phone close to the hostess’ desk, took it up and kept it.
Investigations led to Devonish. While nothing was found on her, Johnson’s bag was found in a Sanitact bin inside a bathroom, in the presence of Devonish and management.
The camera was found in Devonish’s handbag. When questioned about the cash and the memory card for the phone, the waitress said she was afraid and flushed them down the toilet.
Devonish remains on $3,000 bail while the report is being completed. The matter has been adjourned until April 15.