St. Croix men charged in Mini World jewelry store robbery unable to post bail
Published: October 8, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Two men arrested during the weekend in connection with the violent mid-morning armed robbery of a jewelry store last month remain jailed unable to post bail, which has been set at $250,000 for each of them.
Kimo Inniss, of Castle Coakley, and Sheldon Shallow, 34, of Estate Strawberry both appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho on Monday morning and were advised of their rights on charges of first-degree robbery; third-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm; carrying a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence; failure to report a firearm brought into the territory; and possession of ammunition, stemming from the Sept. 12 robbery at Mini World jewelry and gift store in Sunny Isle Shopping Center.
Both men were advised that if they are tried and convicted, they each could face up to 80 years in prison.
Because the criminal information had been filed by the V.I. Attorney General's Office in the case, Camacho proceeded with arraignment on Monday, formally charging the men. They both entered not guilty pleas and requested a speedy jury trial, which was scheduled for calendar call on Dec. 20 before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks.
Police said the robbers made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise and left the store's security guard seriously injured.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said at the time of Inniss' and Shallow's arrests that police also have identified Larry Williams as a suspect in the case, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Williams reportedly left the territory some time after the robbery, according to Rames.
St. Croix Police Chief James Parris said just after the robbery that emergency dispatchers received the call at 9:45 a.m. that day and police determined that four suspects robbed the Mini World gift store. He said the gunmen went into the store wearing masks and broke the glass showcases and removed the jewelry.
The store's security guard was hit in his head with a blunt object, which may have been a hammer, and was treated at Luis Hospital, Parris said.
Parris said that contrary to some reports, police found no evidence of shots fired inside or outside the business. He said the front glass door of the store was shattered, possibly as the gunmen struck it with the blunt object in an attempt to get out of the store's door, which is closed with a magnetic device.
The sworn affidavit that was filed by the case agent and would give details about the crime and the roles each man played, has been placed under seal by order of the court as the investigation continues.
Camacho said Monday that he would required no less than 10 percent of the bail be posted in cash or $500,000 worth of property to secure the release of each of the men. He said the crime is serious, and both men have cases pending against them.
Assistant Attorney General Esther Walters had asked that the bail be fully secured, saying that Shallow has a conviction for kidnapping in 2005 and has two assault cases pending and was on pre-trial release in those cases at the time of the robbery.
Parris said anyone with information about the robbery or the whereabouts of Larry Williams can call detectives at 712-6077 or 712-6037 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email email@example.com.