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Car Theft Ring Suspects Charged

A Jamaican man, two Bahamian men and a Bahamian woman were on Tuesday charged in connection with an Exuma car theft ring.

Jason St. Mark Noble, 34, of Jamaica, whom police had previously fingered as the mastermind behind the car theft ring, racked up the most charges.

Geno Gray, 34; David Pierre, 27, and Shantia Sears – the only woman in the group – were all arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt in Court #9.

Police believe the group stole the vehicles – all Hondas – from New Providence.

Authorities previously told the media that they arrested several suspects in August and recovered 18 cars in Exuma.

Six of them were eventually returned to New Providence.

Late Tuesday evening, Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt read off the lengthy charges.

In Noble’s case, he is accused of stealing and receiving a Honda Accord valued at $5,000 between December 17, 2012 and December 20, 2012.

He is also accused of receiving a 2002 Honda Accord valued at $4,000 between February 22, 2013 and October 14, 2013. The car belonged to Sanco Car Rentals.

The Jamaican national was also charged with receiving a 1999 Honda Accord valued at $5,000.

He was also charged with receiving a 2002 Honda Inspire in Exuma, which belonged to Jeffrey Butler and charged with stealing a 2000 Honda Inspire valued at $5,000 between March 31 and April 7.

Noble and Pierre were together charged with stealing and receiving a white 2001 Honda Inspire valued at $3,500.

Pierre was later charged with receiving a 2002 Honda Inspire in George Town, Exuma between January 1 and October 11.

Pierre, Sears and Noble were all charged with receiving a 2000 Honda Accord valued $3,000 in George Town, Exuma between April 9 and October 11.

Gray, who lives in George Town, was charged with stealing and receiving.

It is alleged that he stole a 2000 Honda Accord valued at $4,500 between July 28, 2012 and October 12, 2013.

Everyone in the group pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and chose to have their matters tried in the magistrates’ court.

Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt granted Gray and Sears $10,000 and $7,500 bail respectively.

They will return to court on December 16 for a status hearing.

Noble and Pierre, meantime, were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).

Attorney Keith Seymour represents Sears and Gray.

Attorney Shaka Serville represents Noble and Pierre.

Both attorneys told Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt that they would make bail applications when the case resumes on Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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