A Grand Court jury began hearing evidence on Wednesday in the trial of Evon Robinson, who is accused of stealing gold when he was a courier for FedEx.
Robinson has pleaded not guilty to stealing gold valued at $30,733.36 from CashWiz between Nov. 27, 2011, and May 31, 2013.
He has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of transferring criminal property.
The first charge alleges that he transferred 19.65 pennyweight of 14-karat gold to Cash for Gold on Shedden Road between January 24 and 27, 2012. During her opening remarks to the jury, Crown Counsel Toyin Salako said Robinson received $390 from these transactions.
The second charge is that he transferred 360.25 pennyweight of 14-karat gold and 13.10 pennyweight of 10-karat gold to Precious Metals between Feb. 8, 2012, and April 26, 2012. Ms. Salako said Robinson received a total of $11,400.
Ms. Salako pointed out that what she said was not evidence; that would come from witnesses and exhibits.
The first witness, Chad Davis, told the court he was employed by CashWiz and was training to be a manager during the November 2011 and May 2012 period. He explained how gold was received from customers and the identification they had to provide and records the business kept. Gold was sent to a refinery in the U.S., and Mr. Davis explained how it was sorted and packaged. He said a taped bag was placed in a box that was taped, and then that box was placed in a larger FedEx box that was taped.
Mr. Davis said he got to know Robinson as a courier with FedEx.
He said concerns were raised in January 2012 about discrepancies between what was being sent to the U.S. refinery and what was being received by the refinery. He said his manager suspected Robinson.
Questioned by defense attorney James Stenning, Mr. Davis said he also had a hunch because when Robinson was on vacation for three weeks, there were no discrepancies, but when Robinson came back there was a discrepancy again.
Asked if he knew Michael Pacifico, Mr. Davis said Mr. Pacifico was a shareholder in Cash for Gold who raised a concern that Robinson was coming into his store and selling gold, and he had heard rumors that gold was missing from CashWiz packages.
Mr. Davis told the court that after Robinson was spoken to by the CashWiz manager, he apologized for stealing their gold. Robinson said he wanted to set things right as quickly as possible; he left and returned with nine or 10 pieces of gold items and said he had taken them from “the box” that week or previous weeks.
Mr. Stenning suggested that Mr. Davis, as one who packed the gold for shipment, could have stolen the gold and falsified the shipping record. Mr. Davis replied that this suggestion was ridiculous, wrong and not true.