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Car theft ring suspects arraigned

  • Shantia Sears.

  • Jason Newbold.

  • David Pierre.

  • Geno Gray.

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 23, 2013

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The people who police believe are behind an alleged car theft ring operating between New Providence and Exuma were yesterday charged in a magistrate's court.

Jamaican Jason Noble, 37, and Bahamians David Pierre, 27, Shantia Sears, 28, and Geno Gray, 34, all of Exuma, were charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in court number nine with various offenses.

As the suspects were escorted to court, several people whose cars were stolen on New Providence cursed at the defendants.

Noble is charged with stealing three Honda vehicles on separate occasions. He is also charged with eight counts of receiving various Hondas.

Pierre is charged with stealing a Honda vehicle and three counts of receiving stolen vehicles.

Sears, who cried at the end of the arraignment, is charged with receiving a stolen Honda vehicle and Gray is charged with stealing and receiving a Honda vehicle.

The offenses were allegedly carried out between July 28, 2012 and October 14, 2013.

The cars are valued between $3,000 and $5,000 each.

The defendants denied the charges.

As previously reported, police suspect that the cars were stolen on New Providence, shipped to Exuma and sold to residents.

Prosecutor Clifford Daxon did not object to bail for Sears and Gray.

Ferguson-Pratt granted bail to Gray in the sum of $10,000 with two sureties. He was ordered to report to George Town Police Station every Tuesday and Thursday.

Sears was granted bail in the sum of $7,500 with one surety.

She was also ordered to report to the George Town Police Station every Tuesday.

The matter was adjourned to December 16 at 11 a.m. for a status hearing.

Ferguson-Pratt said the matter will likely be transferred to another court. However, she said she will determine whether the matter will be heard in Exuma or in New Providence.

Ferguson-Pratt said she will hear bail applications for Noble and Pierre on October 28 at 2 p.m. In the meantime, they have been remanded to Her Majesty's Prisons.

Attorney Shacka Serville represents Noble while Keith Seymour represents Pierre, Gray and Sears.

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