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June Boat Theft Trial Continues: Adjourned Again to November 12

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Clockwise from top left: Dave Thurston was caught on a small vessel fleeing a stolen 34’ Jupiter on June 20, 2015. He was in court for the October 7 continuation of the trial; Delan Edgecombe was caught on a small vessel fleeing a stolen 34’ Jupiter on June 20, 2015. He was not in court for the October 7 continuation of the trial; Edgar Pinder was arrested two days after Thurston, Fox and Edgecombe were captured in reference to stealing. He was in court for the October 7 continuation of the trial; Rashad Fox was caught on a small vessel fleeing a stolen 34’ Jupiter on June 20, 2015. He is currently out on bail and was in court for the October 7 continuation of the trial/

 

On October 7, 2015 the trial continued for three of the persons accused of stealing a 34’ Jupiter boat out of Lubber’s Quarters on June 20. The three accused who were present at trial were Dave Thurston, Rashad Fox and Edgar Pinder.

Thurston was arrested on June 20, 2015 by Cpl. Higgs while Thurston was aboard the second, smaller boat which was towing the stolen 34’ Jupiter. Fox, currently out on bail, was also arrested along with Thurston. Pinder was arrested two days later in connection with the theft. The third alleged boat thief caught coming off the stolen vessel, Delan Edgecombe, was not present at the trial.

Four of the nine witnesses called were present. Among the witnesses not present was Mr. N. Greene of Sandy Point who the Prosecution informed the court was currently in prison in the United States.

According to the testimony from T. Albury, caretaker for the property from where the boat was stolen, there were clues that the boat was being scoped out as a possible target. Among these indicators were wet footprints on the dock some months before, and some hatches being left open eight days before the boat was stolen where the culprits also left an empty yogurt container.

Mr. Albury testified that the morning the boat was stolen, after the alarm had alerted him and the boat’s owner, he contacted a friend in Sandy Point which is where, according to the security system on board the stolen vessel, the boat was going.

According to his testimony, Mr. Albury made his way to Lightbourne Marina, Sandy Point where he witnessed Cpl. Higgs along with several other officers bringing three males in handcuffs onto the dock.

The accused were allowed to cross examine the witness. They each represented themselves.

Mr. Fox asked Mr. Albury, “You saw me?” Mr. Albury responded, “Yes.”

Mr. Thurston also questioned whether Mr. Albury was sure it was him he saw. Albury responded that he was certain. Mr. Thurston followed up asking whether Mr. Albury has “ever wear [spectacles.]”

The second witness, Mr. S. Bain, testified that Mr. Thurston and Delan Edgecombe were with him the morning before the boat was stolen and asked him to tell [witness Mr. N. Greene] that they were going to use his boat. The boat in question was the boat later found to be tied to the stolen 34’ Jupiter.

Upon cross examination Thurston asked whether or not Bain witnessed them physically taking the boat. Bain said no. Edgar Pinder asked Bain whether he recalled seeing him that morning. Bain replied, “No.”

The final witness in court that day was Cpl. Higgs of the Sandy Point Police.

Cpl. Higgs testified that he received a call informing him about the theft. From there we went to the Fast Ferry ramp outside Sandy Point where he could see five to six persons moving between two boats off shore. Using a boat provided by Disney at Castaway Cay, Higgs along with Sandy Point resident P. Pinder, approached the stolen boat. According to Cpl. Higgs, all the persons on the larger, stolen boat moved to the smaller boat. It was then that Cpl. Higgs recognized three persons: Dave Thurston, Rashad Fox and Delan Edgecombe.

P. Pinder got onto the 34’ Jupiter to secure it while Cpl. Higgs pursued the smaller boat with the fugitives, which was making its way to the shoreline. When he caught up to the smaller boat the three persons remaining on the boat were Thurston, Fox and Edgecombe.

Higgs arrested the men and brought them in to Sandy Point. Cpl. Higgs said he was told by the three men that they were out fishing and conching. Cpl. Higgs claimed there were no signs of either fish, conch or bait in the boat.

Fox, upon cross examination, asked whether Cpl. Higgs could recall what Fox was wearing. Higgs could not. He then questioned Higgs whether he remembered Fox telling him that Fox’s grandfather had passed away and they were out getting conchs to finish the grave. Higgs said he did remember being told that but reiterated that he saw no sea life in the boat, including conchs.

Due to several witnesses not being present and another pressing court matter that required the time of a translator, the trial was adjourned to continue on November 12, 2015.

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