Stolen liquor stashed in nearby car

Two charged with burglary of George Town bar

Police officers responding to a report of suspicious activity found a car containing almost $1,000 worth of alcoholic beverages, Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson told Magistrate Valdis Foldats on Monday. 

He was setting out the background to a charge of burglary against Daniel Alexis Walton, 34, and Oscar Valdespino Rivers, 30. They are accused of entering the DLK Bar on Seymour Drive as trespassers and stealing the liquor early on Dec. 19. 

Mr. Ferguson said 911 received a call shortly after 5 a.m. from a person in the neighborhood who observed males in dark clothing and masks transporting what appeared to be liquor to a car. The car’s license plate number was relayed. 

Police went to the premises and saw two men dressed as described. The men threw bottles of liquor at the officers and escaped over a fence. 

Two other officers heading to the scene saw two men in the area and detained them. Walton had a key in his pocket that fit the car with the liquor in it. Rivers’s clothing was said to match the description of that worn by the burglars. 

Meanwhile, the bar proprietor identified the goods in the car as his. 

Defense attorney John Furniss advised the court that Walton said the car had overheated, so he had parked it and left it. He denied having anything to do with the burglary and could not explain why his vehicle was chosen to store the liquor. 

Attorney Prathna Bodden said there was nothing to link Rivers to the burglary. He had been walking through a car park when he saw Walton being arrested. She accepted that Rivers was wearing dark clothing. 

The magistrate pointed out that a bail hearing was not a trial and he was considering each man’s situation separately. He granted Rivers bail and remanded Walton in custody.  

The matter is due back in Summary Court on Jan. 6.  

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