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Homeless Man Who Threw A Brick Through Post Office Window Arrested On Burglary Charges Again: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A homeless man who used a brick to smash the window of a U.S. Post Office to steal from it two years ago has been arrested on burglary charges on St. Thomas once again, authorities said.

Allen Springette, 49, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Springette was arrested in reference to a burglary that occurred June 28 at Percy’s Bus Stop on Veterans Drive,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “He was apprehended in the Fort Christian Parking lot and placed under arrest.”

Bail for Springette was set at $25,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

In June 2018, Springette told a federal judge that he used a brick to smash the window of the Alvaro de Lugo U.S. Post Office in Emancipation Garden. Then he entered the building and stole a mail package from it.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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