Police find stolen ATM in man's living room

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ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man was arrested Tuesday after police found a stolen cash machine in his living room.

Police first were alerted to the case Tuesday morning after the manager from Picaso's Coffee Bar found the glass door to the Smith Bay shop broken, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed Wednesday in Magistrate Court by V.I. Police Detective Sehkera Tyson. The manager told police she also realized an automated teller machine containing about $2,600 was missing from the store.

Tyson later learned that four men were seen lifting a heavy object into a Lemon Strade residence in downtown Charlotte Amalie about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to police and the fact sheet.

An agent from the Police Department's Intelligence Unit subsequently told Tyson that he already was on his way to the Lemon Strade residence. When the agent got there, he found a man he recognized as Curtis David.

The agent told David he "was a little short on cash" and he wanted to know if David had an ATM the agent could use, according to the fact sheet.

In response, David told the agent, "Wow you guys already know it's in here," and invited the agent inside, Tyson wrote.

David told the agent that his brother, Anthony Davis, and three other men brought the ATM inside the residence.

When police later spoke with Anthony Davis, he said he was in his room playing video games about 6 or 7 a.m. Tuesday when three men showed up at his front door in a Honda Civic, according to Tyson. One of the men asked Davis whether he could come inside to open a safe and agreed to give Davis some money for allowing him to do so.

Davis said he then left the three men in the living room and returned to his bedroom to continue playing his video game, Tyson wrote. About 45 minutes later, Davis heard what he believed to be a power saw in the living room.

Davis said the three men later told him they wanted to leave the safe there and they would return for it later, according to Tyson. Davis told police that he did not know where the safe came from and that he did not burglarize Picaso's.

Another detective later interviewed Davis' older brother, Curtis David, who told police he saw four men removing what appeared to be a box from the trunk of a vehicle during the early morning hours Tuesday. David said he was awoken in the middle of the morning and saw his younger brother with three men and the safe in the living room.

Police also spoke with Davis' sister, who lives downstairs from her brothers. She told a detective that she heard some banging about 3 or 4 a.m. but that she did not know how the machine got into her brother's apartment.

The owner of Picaso's later identified the ATM as the one that was taken from his store and told police it contained about $2,600 in cash.

Police charged Davis, 25, with burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property, according to court records. On Wednesday morning, Magistrate Judge Kathleen Mackay found probable cause for the arrest and set Davis' bond at $35,000 with 10 percent due to the court prior to his release.

- Contact Lou Mattei at 714-9124 or email lmattei@dailynews.vi.

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