A 51-year-old paralegal, who stole two items from Cave Shepherd, has been remanded to Dodds prison for the next 28 days.
Juliette Patricia Merritt-Bailey, of Parish Land, Christ Church, admitted before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today to stealing a $40 body wash and a $39.90 perfume belonging to the establishment on December 19.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, a security officer on duty observed Merritt-Bailey, who had an umbrella in her hand while in the cosmetic section of the store, taking the Victoria Secret body wash from the shelf. She then placed the item in the same hand as the umbrella before proceeding to the first floor of the store via the escalator.
The guard followed but when Merritt-Bailey was spotted again, the cosmetic item was no longer visible. It was at the point that she was approached and asked about the item, which she said was in her bag.
A check was made and the two items were found in a plastic bag.
However, Merritt-Bailey reportedly told the guard that she was in the habit of putting items into her bag before heading to the cashier for payment.
“I am not here to defend my actions. I always shop at Cave Shepherd . . . . What I am saying is that I am pleading for your mercy,” Merritt-Bailey, who has another theft case pending, told the magistrate.
However, Frederick made it clear to the woman that she could not shop in that manner.
“I am not making excuses. I did what I did and I take responsibility,” Merritt-Bailey replied.
She is expected to know her fate on January 17.