Burglars remanded after guilty pleas

Police seek help to recover stolen goods

Two young men were remanded in custody after they appeared in Summary Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to a residential burglary.

Carlos Jameel Bustillo, 18, and Travis Alexander Ebanks, 21, admitted entering a residence as trespassers on Thursday, March 24, and stealing a variety of goods. The premises was an apartment on Uncle Jimmy Lane in West Bay.

A police press release listed some of the items that had not been recovered. They include a flat-screen 32-inch Seiki TV; assorted dive gear, including O’Neill dive gloves and lights; a GoPro dual battery charger, wrist mount and rechargeable battery; two Finger Reel Dive Spools; a laptop cooler with vacuum fan; an iPhone 4 and charging cable; and a rain coat suit (black pants, red jacket).

Other items reported missing included a dive knife, beach bag, lighter, sunglasses, eight tooth brushes and three pouches of tooth paste.
Total value of the stolen property, not including the iPhone, was US$1,136.

Defense attorney John Furniss said the men were not applying for bail, but Ebanks wanted to apply to the Drug Rehabilitation Court. This defendant pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of urine for testing while at the police detention center on March 30. His case was put over to the next drug court sitting.

Bustillo pleaded guilty to consuming ganja. Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn ordered a social inquiry report for him and his case was adjourned until May 9 for sentencing.

Both defendants have West Bay addresses. No background to the charges was given in court, but according to the press release detectives used evidence gathered from the scene and executed a two-day operation to locate the suspects. They were arrested on Wednesday, March 30, and brought to court after being charged on Friday morning.

Police are requesting that the public contact West Bay CID at 649-3999 with any information regarding the possible location of the stolen property.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS) or www.tipsubmit.com to submit an anonymous tip.