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Hotlanta Exporting Its Criminals To The Territory To Join In On Crime Spree Action

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Alleged criminals from as far away as Georgia are coming to the U.S. Virgin Islands to get in on the crime spree action here.

Malk Springette, 18, of Atlanta, Georgia was arrested on August 30, at 12:54 p.m Monday and charged with second-degree robbery, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Springette was identified as one of two individuals who robbed a man on August 26 at the Lovenlund Apartments,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Springette was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections, pending his Advice of Rights hearing.

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

By John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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