Woman charged with jewelry theft says she was kidnapped

A former employee charged with theft of jewelry has denied involvement in a robbery at Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry, saying she was kidnapped before the robbery took place. 

The employee, Madeiny Williams Rodrigues Ebanks-Pol, 37, appeared in Summary Court on Friday charged with two counts of theft from the store on Nov. 7 and Nov. 11. There was also a robbery at the store on Nov. 18, in which defense attorney Keva Reid said her client denied any involvement. 

Ms. Reid told Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez that Ebanks-Pol
went to the jewelry store the day of the robbery, Wednesday, Nov. 18,  to
pick up her check. As she was leaving, she was kidnapped at gunpoint. When she was able to run from the place where the kidnappers had left her, she knocked on the door of a nearby residence and the occupants called police. At the time, Ebanks-Pol was drenched in rain and sea water and was dehydrated, Ms. Reid related. 

Taken into custody on Tuesday, Nov. 24, she had not been eating or drinking much since and there were concerns for her health. Ms. Reid said the woman, 37, had been through a very difficult experience. 

Ms. Reid said a public announcement issued by police on Nov. 23 asking for information as to the whereabouts of Ebanks-Pol in relation to “a series of incidents” at the store had given the wrong impression. 

Senior Crown counsel Tricia Hutchinson objected to bail, noting that the robbery investigation was ongoing. 

Police arrested a man shortly after the daylight robbery of the store, which is located in Bay Harbour, West Bay Road. A press release issued by police on Friday stated: “A quantity of jewelry of high value reported missing from the Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry as a result of the robbery on Nov. 18 has not been recovered.” 

Ebanks-Pol is charged first with stealing one “Safire diamond 18 karat ring” valued at $4,000 and one charm bracelet valued at $2,000, both the property of store owner Mitzi Callan. 

The charge relating to Nov. 11 alleges theft of one gold necklace, valued at $2,000; and one diamond pendant, valued at $18,000; both the property of Ms. Callan. 

In her application for bail, Ms. Reid pointed to Pol-Ebanks’s close family ties on the island, saying there needed to be no concern about her absconding. She noted that the defendant’s boyfriend was said to be connected to the robbery, but he was on bail. 

Ms. Reid said concerns about Pol-Ebanks’s health led the magistrate to grant bail, but with stringent conditions. 

First was a requirement for two sureties in the sum of $10,000 each. Other requirements include the wearing of an electronic monitor, a curfew from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and reporting to police three days per week. She is to have no contact with Ms. Callan or store staff or other named individuals. 

The attorney asked for more disclosure of the case against her client by the next mention date. The magistrate set this for Tuesday, Dec. 8.