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Local Supervisor Arrested on Embezzlement Charges at St. Thomas Home Depot

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The Virgin Islands Police Department has released a mugshot of Jenelle Raymo following her arrest on embezzlement charges.

At a Home Depot on Donoe Road, St. Thomas, a supervisor’s alleged scheme to defraud the store has led to her arrest on multiple embezzlement charges. Authorities say Jenelle Raymo exploited her position to facilitate the unauthorized removal of goods by creating and then canceling quotes, allowing customers to exit the store without paying for their merchandise.

The investigation into Raymo’s conduct began when detectives from the VIPD Economic Crime Unit responded to a report of embezzlement at the retail giant. A detailed inquiry, initiated by Home Depot’s Central Investigation team and corroborated by a senior employee, pointed directly to Raymo’s involvement in the thefts.

Raymo is accused of orchestrating a fraudulent operation wherein she would cancel a transaction after creating a quote, hand the customer a copy of this canceled quote, and then permit them to leave with the merchandise. During her interrogation, Raymo confessed to collaborating with two men in this deceit, stating she was first approached in December and accepted $200 for each occurrence. Although unsure of the exact number of times she engaged in the scam, surveillance evidence supplied by Home Depot confirmed her participation on no less than 11 occasions.

Despite her offer to reimburse Home Depot for the confirmed loss of over $3,600, Raymo was arrested and faces charges including eleven counts of embezzlement by fiduciary and one count of grand larceny. Following her inability to post bail, she was detained at the Bureau of Corrections pending her court appearance.

Magistrate Simone VanHolten-Turnbull, presiding over the case, found sufficient evidence to proceed with the charges. Raymo’s bail was set with specific conditions, including a $500 payment for her release and the requirement to relinquish her passport card and driver’s license to the court. Her subsequent court date is set for March 8, as the legal process moves forward.

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Former Deputy Park Superintendent of St. Croix Sentenced for Property Conversion and Fraud

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ST. CROIX, VI – Gregory Camacho, 43, previously Deputy Park Superintendent for the National Park Service in St. Croix, received a sentence of nine months of home detention and four years of probation for unlawfully converting property, according to U.S. Attorney for the USVI, Delia L. Smith. The sentencing was handed down by District Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday.

In addition to home detention and probation, Judge Lewis imposed a $6,000 fine and a special assessment of $75 on Camacho. He was also ordered to pay restitution amounting to $29,502.20 to the National Park Service.

According to court filings, Camacho, during his tenure as acting park superintendent from June 2019 to August 2020, occupied two housing units owned by the National Park Service without fulfilling rental payments, causing a loss of $14,192.10. In another instance in July 2019, Camacho deceitfully claimed relocation expenses for his family’s move from Titusville, FL, to St. Croix, even though he moved alone. This action led to unjust reimbursements totaling $13,387.50.

Furthermore, between October 2018 and September 2019, Camacho was found to have submitted overlapping travel vouchers for the same trips from his primary duty station, resulting in an additional $1,922.50 in improper gains.

These findings were brought to light through an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with the case prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston.

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Daylight Assault in St. Thomas Leaves Man Injured

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A distressing incident unfolded on St. Thomas when a man suffered injuries in a daylight assault in Simmonds Alley, according to a statement from the V.I. Police Department. The attack occurred on Wednesday around 12:15 p.m.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when the 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about a man found bleeding from the neck near the Jala Jala establishment on Kronprindsens Gade. Responding officers discovered the victim with a severe laceration on the left side of his neck, believed to be the result of the assault.

Despite the seriousness of his injuries, the victim refrained from providing a statement to law enforcement at the scene. He was quickly transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center for medical attention.

The VIPD’s Criminal Investigation Bureau has taken charge of the investigation and is urging the public to assist by providing any relevant information. Individuals can contact the CIB at (340) 774-2211 or call 911. For those preferring to stay anonymous, tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers USVI by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Six Arrests Made in St. Thomas Drug Trafficking Crackdown

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ST. THOMAS — A targeted joint operation by the Virgin Islands Police Department, alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, resulted in the arrest of six men accused of drug-related crimes in the Red Hook area, a noted hub for illegal narcotics activity.

Throughout February, these coordinated efforts focused on dismantling drug trafficking networks, culminating in several key arrests:

  • N’Kel Morton, 30, was taken into custody at Red Hook Plaza on March 8, 2024, facing charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute.
  • On March 7, 2024, Jaamal Bell, 42, was arrested at American Yacht Harbor, charged with intent to distribute narcotics.
  • Peter Francis Jr., 33, encountered the same fate at the same location, on identical charges.
  • Anwar Lockhart, 40, was arrested on March 15, 2024, on Cassi Hill for cocaine distribution.
  • Niah Henry, 35, was apprehended on March 16, 2024, at Red Hook Plaza, with charges similar to Morton’s.
  • Kenson Plasimond, 43, was arrested on March 7, 2024, at Tutu Park Mall, also charged with possession with intent to distribute.

These arrests signify a continued commitment by local and federal law enforcement to curb the flow of illegal drugs in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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