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St. Thomas Man Caught On Camera Stealing Man’s Wallet, Using Credit Cards: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man who didn’t notice a surveillance camera watching him was arrested for stealing a man’s wallet and using his credit cards last month, authorities said.

Dale Joseph Pringle, 53, of Commandant Gade, was arrested about 9 a.m. Tuesday and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, obtaining money under false pretenses and identity theft, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim in this incident reported losing his wallet that contained several credit cards and his identification on April 20,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Pringle was observed on surveillance stealing the victim’s wallet.”

VIPD mugshot of Dale Joseph Pringle of Commandant Gade, St. Thomas.

Pringle admitted to detectives to using the credit cards without authorization and was placed under arrest, Derima said.

Detectives from the Economic Crime Unit made the arrest of Pringle.

Bail for Pringle was set at $20,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an initial court appearance.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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