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Two Suspects Face Charges in STJ Vehicular Theft Case

The police arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of a vehicle on St. John, the V.I. Police Department reported.

On June 20, at approximately 1:49 p.m., VIPD was dispatched to the Marketplace in the area of the St. John Hardware store in reference to a stolen vehicle. The responding unit met with the complainant, who stated that she parked her rental vehicle, a gray Kia Soul, with a small terrier dog inside, at the upper parking lot in front of St. John Hardware, according to the police report.

The complainant also indicated that she left Amie Vieira, who was later identified as one of the suspects, inside of the vehicle. The complainant went on to state that she walked to the nearby store to pick up food; however, upon her return, the vehicle was removed from the area, the police report stated.

On June 2, the stolen vehicle was observed around the bottom of Black Point Hill on St.
Thomas, with two occupants inside. Vieira and Richie Welsh were detained and transported to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, located at the Richard Callwood Command. Vieira, 40, was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle, grand larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle. Welsh, 60, was charged with aiding and abetting for each charge, the report stated.

Unable to post bail of $25,000, Vieira and Welsh were turned over to the Bureau of Corrections pending their advice of rights hearing, police said.

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