A 37-year-old St Michael man found out the hard way yesterday that you should not claim items from a Lost & Found when you are not the owner.
For claiming a tablet from Massy Stores over the weekend that belonged to gospel singer Allison Norville-Forde, Jamal Nikita Campbell was sentenced to perform 180 hours of community service.
The Valery, Collymore Rock resident, who is a first-time offender, pleaded guilty to theft of the electronic device when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court. He will reappear in the same court on June 3.
The court heard that Norville-Forde went shopping with her daughter on March 13 at Big B Supermarket, Worthing, Christ Church. She had her tablet inside her trolley at the time.
The complainant did her shopping and left the supermarket, forgetting the tablet in the trolley. On realizing later that her device was missing, she returned to the store to the Lost & Found, enquiring whether the tablet had been handed in.
According to personnel there, it had been but a man who said it was his, had already claimed it. A review of the closed circuit TV showed the man.
Police were called and they noted his description. They later saw a man fitting that description at Brittons Hill, St Michael. That man was Campbell who had the tablet with him at the time. He was arrested and charged.
Campbell told the court that he “does find things like phones and tablets all the time,” and he thought he could use it.