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Chef charged with breaking into Soong’s restaurant, stealing $150,000

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Chef charged with breaking into Soong's restaurant, stealing $150,000

A CHEF charged with stealing from the restaurant he was once employed was denied bail on Tuesday.

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Jamal Sergeant faced San Fernando Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor.

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She read the charge which alleged that between June 18 and 20 at Circular Road, San Fernando, he broke into the office of Soong’s Great Wall Restaurant and stole a $25,000 safe, containing $150,000 cash, a $1,000 laptop, 40 blank cheque books together valued $400 and a $40 bank card.

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He was not called upon to plea to the indicatable charge.

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Attorney Charlene Kalloo asked for bail for her client. She said Sergeant worked at the restaurant in the past as a chef. She admitted that a father of one had previous matter which was last month discharged.

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Sergeant’s brother in law, labourer Jeavon Marcano, 22 of Mon Repos, also appeared before Connor. He was charged that on Saturdays at Mon Repos, he was in possession of a hand pistol and ten rounds of 9mm ammunition. He also was not called upon to plea to the allegation against him.

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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN Attorney Ved Trebouhansingh said Marcano had matters in the past which had been discharged and he had documents confirming this

In both instances, police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan objected to bail as he asked for a chance to have the men traced. Connor remanded them into custody for this to be done. In Marcano’s case she said she needed to have the criminal record from the police to compare the information in the defence’s possession

The matter was adjourned to Thursday

Both men were charged by constable Ramdass. Sergeant was arrested after police officers went to the house to execute a warrant following the robbery. An Italian made pistol and ammunition were allegedly found. Cpl Nanan and constable Ali were also involved in that search