An 18-year-old and two minors were arrested Wednesday as police responded to a call of suspicious activity in Estate Whim. The 18-year-old, identified as Joshua Frontal, was charged withy third-degree burglary, among other charges, after neighbors reported the activity to police.
According to the V.I. Police Department, officers received a report at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday alerting them to suspicious activity in Estate Whim. Several units traveled to the area, where officers saw three individuals matching the description given by citizens. Police saw one male put a black bag on the ground and walk away from it. Officer later confirmed the bag contained a white laptop computer.
Police canvassed the area and noticed a residence with a broken window and the back door left open. Officers contacted the owner who said no one was authorized to enter the home. The suspects, Frontal and two minors, ages 17 and 15, were detained by police. They had in their possession gold earrings, a watch, bracelets and a pocket recorder.
Police said the 17-year-old minor told them he did not attend school and the 15-year-old said he did not go to school because he was sick. The parents of both minors were notified. Police said items they believe are stolen, including flat screen televisions, were found in the residence where the minor lives with his mother.
The three suspects were charged with third-degree burglary, possession of stolen property, destruction of property and grand larceny.
The minors were remanded to the Youth Rehabilitation Center in Estate Anna’s Hope pending their appearance in Juvenile Court. Frontal was held on a $25,000 bail and remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
St. Croix acting Chief of Police James Parris said the arrests sent a stern warning to parents.
“Do not allow any items to come into your home without you knowing how it was obtained," Parris said. "If you are told ‘A friend gave me a flat screen television,’ you know in your heart that people do not give away such items for free. If you cannot account for the origin of items in your home, you may also be arrested for possession of stolen property. And you are not doing any favors for the person you are protecting. You are only enabling them to continue their criminal activity.”