CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Donoe tow truck driver who police alleged was dealing in stolen merchandise was arrested this morning on St. Thomas, authorities said.
Chandler “Frenchy” Heath, 29, of Grandview Apartments, was arrested at 8:30 a.m. today and charged with grand larceny, obtaining money by false pretenses and embezzlement by a fiduciary, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
“The investigation, initiated in November 2020, revealed that Heath took possession of and resold property belonging to a business without authorization,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.
Heath was arrested based on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Derima said. He was arrested by detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit.
Bail for Heath was set at $35,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.
This is not Heath’s first brush with the law. In March 2020, he was charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, police records indicate.
At the time, the VIPD said Heath visited a woman’s home on February 29 and when she opened the door, he grabbed her and choked her.
Heath’s profile picture on Facebook includes his image in a larger image of a truck with “Frenchy’s Towing Service” written on the side. Frenchy’s Towing Service is based in Anna’s Retreat.
The suspect says on social media that he is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas.
Frenchy’s Towing Services motto is: “Were [sic] All your towing services is needed.”
All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.