Man accepts plea deal in thefts


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ST. CROIX - A 41-year old man accepted a global plea Friday morning in two separate cases where he was charged with stealing another person's vehicle and stealing cable utilities.

Randy Stickle, of no fixed address appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks Friday morning and entered a plea of guilty to a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle stemming from an April 2011 incident where he was found driving another person's vehicle at a La Grande Princesse Services Station.

Stickle admitted that he had stolen the car and was driving it with no intentions of returning it to it rightful owner.

He also entered a plea of guilty to petit larceny in connection to the July 2013 incident where police said he was found hauling away cable wire on hi bicycle in Estate Glynn. He had initially been changed with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with a utility in that case and in exchange for the acceptance of the global plea offer, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges in each of the case.

Stickle is just one of several people who police suspect had been stealing utility cable and other wiring to be sold to scrap metal businesses. The theft led to hundreds of customers losing cable, telephone and electrical service as a result of the theft.

in Stickle's case, according to police officer Orlando Benitez, an Innovative employee contacted police reporting that a man - now identified as Stickle - was seen riding a bicycle with lengths of wire wrapped around the handlebars.

When Benitez approached Stickle, he told police that he had not stolen the cable from the Estate Glynn area, but that the wire had come from the Little Fountain area.

According to court documents, Stickle told police that he usually only took up downed, inactive lines and sells those for the copper.

Benitez said based on his investigation and discussions with Innovative supervisors, two different size cables had been stolen and the wires had a value of more than $11,000.

In his report at the time of the Stickle's arrest, Benitez said Stickle told police that while he was not the person who stole the Estate New Works or Estate Glynn cable, he had information about who had been stealing it, but said he would not provide the information until he is given a plea deal.

Having entered the plea agreement to the record, Willocks sentencing for Stickle for 9 a.m. May 16. He remains jailed unable to post bail.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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