Jobless thief jailed for stealing tourist’s beach bag

Nassau, BAHAMAS-Police used technology to track down a thief who stole a tourist’s beach bag on March 5.

Cleveland McPhee, 21, of Wulff Road, swiped Sukina Apadoo’s bag as she sunbathed on the beach near the Baha Mar Resort on Cable Beach.

The bag contained an iPhone 8, sunglasses, a jump drive, and wallet, with a combined value of $1,600.

Thanks to data from the Find my iPhone app, police on patrol in the Cable Beach area nabbed the thief after he had a traffic accident, the court heard.

As a result of information from the tracking app, the officers searched McPhee’s car and recovered the stolen items.

Apadoo identified her belongings at the Cable Beach Police Station, the court heard.

Police charged McPhee with stealing and the alternative charge of receiving. He admitted the offence of stealing at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.

Consequently, prosecutors withdrew the receiving charge.

McPhee did not have a lawyer and said nothing on his behalf before the court passed sentence.

The magistrate asked, “Is there anything you would like to say before I pass sentence?’

McPhee replied, “No ma’am.”

“Do you work?”, Vogt-Evans asked.

Once again, McPhee replied, “No ma’am.”

The magistrate said she considered McPhee’s early guilty plea, youth and previously clean record in arriving at the six month sentence.

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