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St. Croix’s Tyler Canegata Allegedly Breaks Into Girlfriend’s Apt … Smashes Two Cell Phones

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested on Monday night after he allegedly broke into a home in Estate Tipperary and damaged property belonging to its female occupant.

Tyler Canegata, 27, was arrested about 9 p.m. on Monday after a woman identified him as the person who allegedly broke into her apartment and destroyed two cell phones, police sources said.

Police said that Canegata broke into the apartment about 6 p.m. and got into a verbal altercation with the woman.

The woman told police that Canegata not only destroyed her two cell phones, but threatened her and prevented her from leaving the apartment.

Canegata was charged with second-degree burglary-domestic violence and destruction of property, according to the police source. No bail was set as per the domestic violence statute.

He was remanded to the custody of the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending further court action.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) did not issue a press release to the public on this incident.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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