A man who posed as a Good Samaritan in order to steal a cellular phone from a woman in distress has been ordered to pay $1, 000 for his dishonesty.
O’Neil Ricardo Riley of Jessamy Avenue, Bayville, St Michael pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court Friday to stealing a cellular phone valued at $850 belonging to Reayha Proverbs on July 27, 2017.
On the day in question, Riley offered to assist Proverbs, who was involved in a minor vehicular accident in the vicinity of Sol Warrens.
However, he was later caught on security footage, stealing the item from Proverbs’ car as soon as the complainant’s back was turned.
Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court Friday morning, Riley expressed remorse for his action, while assuring the court that he had not tampered with the phone while it was in his possession.
However, Frederick warned the complainant, who was present at the court, to be more careful of persons seemingly eager to render aid.
“Look at him, he is dressed nice and he might even wear a tie, but don’t mind him, he coming to tief,” Fredericks cautioned.
“We have cases like this all the time, people playing they trying to help. You can’t trust people, you can’t judge people by looking,” the magistrate added, advising that next time the complainant should call the auto rescue department of her insurance company. Riley, who is currently on bail for another serious matter, was ordered to pay the fine in four weeks or spend three months in prison.