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St. Thomas Man Selmo Watts Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing a Federal Post Office

GUILTY PLEA: Selmo Watts

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man admitted in federal court today that he broke into a U.S. Post Office and stole mail.

Selmo Watts, 34, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to breaking into a Post Office, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to the plea agreement, on November 27, 2016, Watts was seen on video surveillance entering the Arthuro A. Watlington, Sr. Post Office in French Town after he forced open a locked door.

Watts was then seen carrying at least eight packages from the post office, Sharpe said.

Watts is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on July 6, 2017.

Watts faces a sentence of no more than five years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000.

On social media, Watts says he attended the St. Croix Educational Complex High School.

In May 2006, the then 23-year old Watts was arrested on charges that he fired shots in a residential area of St. Croix and was arrested again on charges that he was a fugitive from justice in the state of Florida.

Selmo Watts, who was then jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice in connection to an outstanding warrant issued from the state of Florida.

According to court documents, Watts was convicted last year in Volusia County, Fla., for possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana and was sentenced to 12 months on supervised probation by that state.

According to probation officers, Watts stopped signing in with their office in September, did not submit himself for random drug testing and changed his place of employment and address without notifying them.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/st-thomas-man-pleads-guilty-burglarizing-post-office

MUGSHOT OF SELMO WATTS: Circa May 2006 when he was wanted by Florida law enforcement officials.

 

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

4 Comments

  1. April 9, 2017 at 10:40 AM — Reply

    My grandson is being held in puerto rica prison since March 1, for setting fire to usvi government buildings. I’m unable to hear from him as he’s not convicted yet. I’m scared too death about him being held in holding cell with alleged murders and thieves plus drug addicts. His attorney is so vague with me until I do not have clear information as to what he’s alleged to have done. It’s a Federal crime therefore I’m unable to call FBI to check on him.
    Any suggestions
    junetruelove1946@yahoo.com

    • April 9, 2017 at 10:41 AM — Reply

      My grandson is being held in puerto rica prison since March 1, for setting fire to usvi government buildings. I’m unable to hear from him as he’s not convicted yet. I’m scared too death about him being held in holding cell with alleged murders and thieves plus drug addicts. His attorney is so vague with me until I do not have clear information as to what he’s alleged to have done. It’s a Federal crime therefore I’m unable to call FBI to check on him.
      Any suggestions
      junetruelove1946@yahoo.com

    • April 9, 2017 at 10:42 AM — Reply

      Any information on Spencer Wayne Allen please contact me. I’m unable to get information from his federal public defender.
      Any suggestions
      junetruelove1946@yahoo.com

    • afterwhilecrocodile
      April 17, 2017 at 3:57 AM — Reply

      Spencer Wayne Allen
      Register Number 10567-094
      Age 25
      Race White
      Sex Male
      Release Date Unknown
      Located at FDC Miami
      Phone (305)577-0010
      email MIM/ExecAssistant@bop.gov.

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