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Homeless Man Captured On Video Stealing From Fabric Store Is Arrested: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A homeless man was arrested Saturday night and charged with breaking into a fabric store in downtown, authorities said.

David Schaffner, 38, of no fixed address, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Saturday and charged with third-degree burglary, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Schaffner allegedly burglarized of Island Linen Department Store, located on Kronprindsens Gade in Charlotte Amalie, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

“He was observed on video surveillance with merchandise,” Derima told the Virgin Islands Free Press this morning.

Bail for Schaffner was 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.

“Homeless and he played in the movie (Miami Vice with Jamie Fox),” Dwight Sometimeish Hill said on Facebook from St, Thomas this morning.

IMDB says that Schaffner is not credited as an actor on Miami Vice, the 2006 movie, but he might have appeared as an extra.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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