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Man Caught In The Act Of Stealing A TV Is Arrested By Police


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NOT SO SWIFT: Michael Swift of Bordeaux

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 56-year-old St. Thomas man was arrested by police Sunday after a citizen spotted him loading a stolen television set into his vehicle.

Michael Swift of Bordeaux was arrested at 5:20 p.m. Sunday and charged with grand larceny, according to police.

Swift was arrested after the victim caught him removing a television from under a shed at the Crown Bay Marina and attempted to put it in his vehicle, police said. During further investigation officers located several other items belonging to the victim in Swift’s vehicle.

Bail for Michael Swift was set at $35,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

This is not Swift’s first brush with the law. On June 4, Swift was also charged with grand larceny. His bail then was $55,000.00.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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