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VIPD: St. Thomas’ Troy Ettienne Arrested For Second Time In Four Months … This Time For Allegedly Using Counterfeit Bills To Buy Pizza

ARRESTED: Troy Ettienne of Lovenlund

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who was arrested by police for armed robbery in February — was arrested again four month later — this time for allegedly using counterfeit bills to buy pizza.

Troy Ettienne, 28, of Estate Lovelund was arrested after the manager of Señor Pizza said that he was the person who paid him for food with counterfeit bills, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.

Ettienne was also arrested on Feb. 14, 2017 in connection with an armed robbery in Smith Bay on St. Thomas’ East End (please see related story below).

And when police arrested him on Wednesday, the VIPD again found Ettienne in Smith Bay. The pizzaria owner said that he was certain that Ettienne was the man who used counterfeit money to buy food.

Unable to post bail of $60,000.00, he was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections detention center pending an advice of rights hearing.

On June 2, the VIPD said that someone had passed $460 worth of counterfeit $20 bills to Plaza Extra Supermarket in St. Thomas.

Earlier this year, Ettienne was taken into police custody after he was positively identified as the person responsible for an armed robbery that took place on January 25 in Smith Bay.

In February, Ettienne was placed under arrest and charged with third-degree assault; possession of an unlicensed firearm; brandishing and exhibiting; disturbing the peace; and using a dangerous weapon during a crime of violence.

His bail was set at $126,500.00 at that time. VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said on Friday that the confirmed spelling of the accused man’s name is: “Troy C. Ettienne.”

Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340)774-2211 or Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9800. You can also contact Crimestoppers USVI at 1(800)222-8477 or 911.

VALENTINE’S DAY TROY ETTIENNE: At the time of his arrest on Valentine’s Day for an armed robbery that took place near Smith Bay in January.

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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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