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Homeless Man Who Used Bank Card Of Man Reported Missing Arrested By Cops

CHRISTIANSTED — A homeless man who allegedly used the bank card of a man reported missing on St. Croix was arrested by police late Tuesday night, authorities said.

Michael T. Conklin, 50, of no fixed address, was arrested at 11:40 p.m. and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and forgery, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Conklin was observed on video surveillance using a bank card belonging to a recently reported missing man,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Meanwhile, people on social media had little sympathy for the suspect.

“Dem creeps live in the bush across from Sharkey. He probably overdosed in the bush. A whole fu–ing neighborhood with tents,” Shelly Natural Smith said on Facebook.

Bail for Conklin was set at $5,500. 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.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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