Police arrest man in connection with string of Pepper Tree Terrace burglaries
Published: June 24, 2014
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ST. CROIX - Police have arrested a man who they said may have been responsible for a number of break-ins in the Pepper Tree Terrace housing community.
Christian Tasker, 23, who lives in the housing community was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of stolen property and grand larceny. During Tasker's advice-of-rights hearing Monday, Magistrate Jessica Gallivan said no probable cause existed to uphold the grand larceny charges.
Agreeing with arguments on a challenge by Tasker's attorney, Yolan Brow Ross, Gallivan said the information provided in the police report did not outline any information that indicated any action by Tasker that would connect him to committing the grand larceny or burglarizing of the homes.
The judge said the information only provides information that would connect him to the possession of stolen property, which was clear.
According to police, they were called to investigate two burglaries in different units in the housing community Saturday, and when they arrived, they were directed to Tasker's apartment, where some of the stolen items were found.
Items recovered included television sets, game consoles, furniture and electronics, police said.
A worker at the housing community told police he found some of the stolen items in a vacant unit next to Tasker's, and as he walked by Tasker's window, he noticed some other items inside that had been reported stolen.
Tasker, who reported that he is employed as a loss prevention officer at Kmart and was about to start work as a security officer at Luis Hospital, told police that he came home from work one day and found several items, including a television, outside his apartment, so he took them inside and kept them. He denied knowing about the burglaries.
Gallivan set bail at $5,000 and said Tasker would have to post 20 percent of the bail amount in cash, provide a third-party custodian and abide by a curfew when he is not at work, while the case is pending.
Unable to meet those conditions Monday, Tasker remains jailed.
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