Three males who posed as government officials and broke into a sporting facility in Sangre Grande were granted TT$350,000 bail on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, when they appeared in the Magistrate’s Court in Sangre Grande, according to police reports.
Maniel Masih, 40, originally of India, but resides at Makhan Road, Jerningham Junction Road, Charlieville; Donald Smith, 28, of Felmina Tobal Road, North Oropouche Road, Sangre Grande; and Shaniel Pierre, 27, of Sugar Hill Terrace Rampanalgas Village, Balandra were charged for breaking into a warehouse at the Indoor Sporting Facility, Ojoe Road in Sangre Grande on May 15.
All were charged with the offences of warehouse breaking and larceny. Masih was also charged with receiving stolen property.
They are scheduled to reappear in court on June 15, 2021.
Police said Smith and Pierre were employed as security guards at the sporting facility at the time of the incident.
According to the facts of the case, security officers stationed at the facility were approached there by three male individuals purporting to be sports ministry officials to conduct a site visit.
The police were told that the trio entered the water heater rooms – one of them using a key in his possession – and removed 11 water heaters. They loaded the items in a truck.
Investigations later revealed that the items valued at TT$100,000 were in fact stolen.
The items have since been recovered.