Gun theft allegedly led to robbery

Travis Kelvin Ebanks committed to Grand Court

Travis Kelvin Ebanks, 31, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday charged with robbery, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence 
and theft. 

As Crown Counsel Marilyn Brandt related, Ebanks is accused of stealing a flare gun from a boat in a marina yard and then using the flare gun to rob the Eastern Avenue Texaco station on 31 May. No time or date was specified for the theft charge. 

The robbery occurred around 10pm on a Thursday.  

Ms Brandt said the robber was wearing a black mask and was carrying a flare gun. He entered through the double doors, pushed past customers and approached the clerk, pointing the gun at her. 

The robber allegedly tried to open the cash till and then shouted at the clerk to open it.  

She did and, according to the charge, he took $229. 

The robber then allegedly raised his hand in the air and pulled the trigger twice before leaving. The gun did not fire, but the clerk heard two clicks. 

Defence attorney Prathna Bodden agreed that robbery is a Category A offence, meaning it can be dealt with only in the Grand Court. She indicated she would not be making a bail application that day for Ebanks, who is of a George Town address. 

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall remanded the defendant in custody, to return for a Grand Court appearance on Friday, 
22 June.