Gallow's Bay Hardware employee charged with stealing from company

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ST. CROIX - A longtime employee of Gallow's Bay Hardware made his initial court appearance Monday, after being arrested Friday on charges that he had stolen at least one bathroom faucet from the company.

Noel Jeffers, 68, of Hermon Hill, appeared before Magistrate Jessica Galivan and was advised of his rights on charges of grand larceny, embezzlement and possession of stolen property.

According to the probable cause fact sheet filed by V.I. Police Officer Kai Joseph, police were contacted by the owners of the company Friday afternoon, seeking assistance to handle reports that Jeffers, who is the store's floor manager and had been employed there for more than 30 years, had been seen routinely taking items from the store without paying for them.

Joseph said he spoke with the chief financial officer of the company, who said another employee reported to him that he had seen Jeffers on numerous occasions coming to the store early in the morning before it was open for business, removing items and putting them in his truck without paying for them.

The CFO said the employee reported that he saw Jeffers take an item as recently as Friday morning, so the CFO went to Jeffers' truck, which was parked in the parking lot, and did a visual inspection and saw a blue box that contained a faucet in the bed of the truck.

He said he checked the company's inventory system to determine that four of the nickle-finished tub or sink faucets, valued at $199.99 had been purchased and that none had been sold.

He then contacted the owner, who called police to report the suspected theft, according to the police report.

Joseph said police contacted Jeffers on Friday afternoon, and he told police that he went to the store about 6 that morning and took the faucet but had intended to pay for it before he left work for the day.

Joseph said Jeffers was arrested and charged at that time.

Gallivan set Jeffers' bail at $10,000, and Jeffers posted $20,000 worth of property to secure his release from custody.

Gallivan ordered that Jeffers abide by the standard conditions of pre-trial release and check in with the probation office weekly. He also is prohibited from entering the hardware store.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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