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USDOJ: St. Thomas’ Selmo Watts Gets Eight Months In Prison For Stealing Eight Packages From The Post Office In Frenchtown

SELMO WATTS: Gets eight months in prison for stealing eight packages from the post office in Frenchtown — he got one month in prison for each package he stole.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who tried to pick up his mail before it arrived at the Post Office was sentenced by a federal judge on Thursday to eight months in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also said that Selmo Watts, 34, must serve three years of supervised release for burglarizing a post office, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Gomez also ordered Watts to perform 200 hours of community service, and pay a special assessment of $100, according to Hewlett.

According to court records, during the evening hours of November 27, 2016, Watts broke into the Arturo A. Watlington, Sr. Post Office in Frenchtown and removed at least eight packages.

A United States Postal Inspector reviewed video surveillance of Watts entering and exiting the post office.

Watts was identified by officers from the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), who also reviewed the surveillance video.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the VIPD.

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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