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BOC Employee Steals $700 Worth of Hair Weaves From Store

Mug Shot - Odessa Simon

CHRISTIANSTED – A Bureau of Corrections employee was arrested for stealing $705 worth of hair weaves from a Peter’s Rest store on Tuesday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Odessa Simon, 31, of Estate Glynn was arrested at 2:33 p.m. on August 4 and charged with grand larceny, the VIPD said.

The incident that occurred at Diamond Girl Hair & Beauty Supply in the Sion Farm Shopping Center where Simon allegedly took three packs of Virgin Hair, valued at $235.00 each for a total of $705.00, according to police.

The BOC employee allegedly put the hair weaves in her bag and left the store without paying for them.

Bail for Simon was set at $35,000.00. She was released upon her own recognizance.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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