|Ankle bracelet abuses mount|
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Jul 05, 2012
Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect who they say dropped off his electronic monitoring device at the Central Police Station yesterday and fled.
This adds to a growing list of breaches of the electronic monitoring system since its implementation in 2010.
Sean Lightbourne walked into the station at 12:05 p.m., placed a balled up newspaper on the desk and left, according to the station’s commander Superintendent Ashton Greenslade.
Lightbourne, 36, was long gone when the officer found the damaged ankle bracelet inside the paper, Greenslade confirmed.
Greenslade told The Nassau Guardian, “He apparently
had it (ankle bracelet) cut and taken off his leg and he turned it into the Central Police Station.”
Greenslade said that police planned to charge Lightbourne with violating his bail conditions and damaging the device.
Greenslade could not say why Lightbourne brought the bracelet to the Central Police Station since the terms of his release did not require him to report there.
According to sources, officials from the electronic monitoring center asked Lightbourne to come to the station so they could change the strap on the device.
However, Greenslade was unable to confirm this and The Guardian could not reach anyone from the Ministry of National Security.
Greenslade was unable to say how long Lightbourne had been on bail.
Lightbourne was not in custody when a judge directed his acquittal for the 2010 robbery of a First Caribbean International Bank in April. Robbers armed with AK-47 assault rifles robbed the bank of $30,317.
However, he had other cases pending.
This is not the first time a suspect has removed an ankle bracelet.
In May, officials lost track of drug smuggling suspect David Colebrooke weeks after a judge refused to order its removal so he could go fishing. Colebrooke is still at large.
In March 2011, Antonio Smith, 47, was jailed for six months after he admitted to tampering with his bracelet.
Smith cut through the strap that secured the device to his leg after a monitoring operator told him he was in a restricted area.
Smith said he was going home, but he removed the bracelet after officials contacted him a second time. When police arrived, they found the bracelet but Smith was gone.
One year later, 30 people had their bail revoked for using foil to interfere with the GPS system.