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St. Thomas Man Charged In Four Incidents Over The Last Three Months

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ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Malik Cheatham

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Authorities have added another charge to the court docket of a 64-year-old St. Thomas man accused in three separate criminal acts in October and November.

Police said Malik Cheatham of Solberg, currently in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, has been charged with an additional count of grand larceny in a fourth incident in September.

In the latest incident, police said Cheatheam was captured on video surveillance stealing several pairs of sunglasses from the Billabong store on Dronningens Gade on September 9.

Cheatham was arrested on Thanksgiving Day and charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count of destruction of Property, authorities said.

On October 15 at 10:15 p.m. to October 16 at 3:56 a.m., Cheatham was observed on video surveillance footage entering H&W Distributers located on Gasverk Gade as he removed merchandise totaling $801.16, according to police.

Then on October 26, Cheatham was observed on video surveillance as he broke into and removed tools from Tempaire International company vehicle, totaling $100.00, police said.

Chatham was also seen on video surveillance on November 26 as he broke the rear passenger glass of an H&W Distributors company vehicle, police said. He damaged the company’s video surveillance equipment at that time.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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