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RBDF marine admits to stealing

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine yesterday asked a magistrate to allow him to make restitution to his victims after he pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing by reason of service.

Tavares Styles, 37, of Marshall Road, admitted to stealing almost $8,000 from two men in 2017 at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.

Styles admitted to stealing $2,200 from Glenford Bevans on March 20, 2017 after he failed to deliver the two doors for an F-150 truck that he was supposed to order for Bevans. Styles also acknowledged taking $5,355 from Jamaal Deal between September 12 and 30, 2017, for the purchase of a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado.

Styles said that he accepted responsibility for both incidents, but claimed that he was only the “middleman” for his cousin, who was in prison.

Styles claimed that he had offered to make restitution to both of his victims, but was unable to as he was locked up over the weekend.

Rolle-Davis has deferred sentencing to April 30 to allow Styles to repay the money. But he was adamant that Styles would remain in custody in the interim. Styles claimed that being incarcerated would hinder his repayment efforts.

Rolle-Davis replied, “You had almost a year in every instance, so you better make some calls.”

Inspector Lakisia Moss prosecuted.

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