Trial began on Monday for two West Bay residents charged with the 2015 robbery of Mitzi’s Fine Jewelry in which over half a million dollars worth of jewelry was reported stolen.

Madeinys Ebanks-Pol and Adrian Adela Gea pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge: that on Nov. 18, 2015, at the store on West Bay Road, they stole jewelry valued at approximately $516,201 belonging to Mitzi Callan, and that they did so by using force against a named person, the clerk in the store.

Mr. Gea, on his own, is charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offense, namely robbery. He has pleaded not guilty to this charge also.

The defendants elected to be tried by judge alone and Justice Stephen Hellman is hearing the matter.

In an opening address on Monday, Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said it was the case for the prosecution that Ms. Ebanks-Pol acted as a “lookout” while Mr. Gea entered the store with the imitation firearm to carry out the robbery.

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Ms. Ebanks-Pol is represented by attorney Keva Reid. Mr. Gea is represented by attorney Nicholas Dixey.

The trial was expected to continue into next week.

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