Customs officers accused of stealing

Two customs officers were charged yesterday with two counts of stealing by reason of employment in connection with the theft of an assortment of jewelry valued at over $50,000.

Prosecutors allege that between October 29 and October 30, 2019, Brandon Bastian, 27, and Rondino Ferguson, 27, had access to and stole $29,894.25 worth of jewelry belonging to John Bull. It is also alleged that on November 6, 2019, the two took another $20,666.80 worth of jewelry also belonging to John Bull.

Bastian and his wife, Jewel Bastian, 27, were also charged with three counts of dishonestly receiving goods known to have been obtained by an offense.

In the first incident, on November 6, 2019, the two allegedly received three Cartier watches valued at $10,882.40 in total. In the second incident, on November 6, 2019, the two allegedly received four Movado watches valued at $3,603 in total. In the third incident, which also took place on November 6, 2019, they allegedly received a pair of Cartier sunglasses valued at $463.05.

The group elected to have their matters tried in the Magistrate’s Court.

They pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt denied them bail and remanded them to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

The chief magistrate then allowed the group to talk with their families who had gathered inside court.

At this point, Bastian, his wife and Ferguson broke down into tears.

The defendants are expected to return to court on November 19 at 10 a.m.

Attorney Ryszard Humes represents the Bastians and Roger Gomez represents Ferguson.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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