A miner was today charged and released on bail after denying a simple larceny charge which alleged that he stole a $2.2M Caterpillar swing gear.

Thirty-six-year-old Anson Mendonza of Mathew’s Ridge appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Mendonza denied the charge which stated that between April 1, 2018 and August 2, 2019 at Jack and Vieira Backland, North West District, he stole one Caterpillar swing gear valued $2.2M, property of Joseph Gonsalves.

Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the defendant was arrested last Friday at Charity after police received information that he was seen with the stolen equipment. Mendonza was then taken into custody and charged.

With no objections raised by the prosecutor, Magistrate McLennan released Mendonza on $150,000 bail. The father of four was instructed to make his next court appearance on November 4 at the Matthew’s Ridge Magistrate’s Courts.


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