ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Two men who were accused of breaking and
entering into My Brother’s Workshop have both admitted to the crime.
Allen “Buckwheat” Samuel, 42, and
Kyle Francis Woods, 46, both appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge James
Carroll III on Friday morning and pleaded guilty to the Jan. 27 offense.
Woods and Samuel were initially
charged with one count each of third-degree burglary, grand larceny and
possession of stolen property. Woods
faced an additional count of destruction of property.
Under the terms of a plea
agreement negotiated by Assistant Attorney General Eugene Connor, Jr. and
public defender, Robert Leycock, the duo pleaded guilty to third-degree
burglary, the remaining counts against each of them were dismissed and they
were both ordered to pay restitution. Prosecutors also recommended that Samuel
and Woods be sentenced to serve prison terms of five years and three years,
Having accepted the guilty pleas,
Carroll sentenced Samuel to four years behind bars; however, he has scheduled
Woods’ sentencing to Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. as he awaits a pre-sentence report
from the Office of Probation.
According to an affidavit filed
by police officer Vernon Carr detailing the nature of the offense, officers
responded to reports of burglary that occurred at “My Brother’s Workshop” in
the pre-dawn hours. Footage from a surveillance camera showed that at about
3:40 a.m. on Jan. 27, Samuel and Woods entered the building through the south
eastern door on Back Street.
Once inside the building, Woods
tried to open the cash register, but unable to do so, he took the cash register
and ran off with it. Officers who viewed
the surveillance camera tape saw Woods also taking a 32-inch television monitor
from the counter. He then left through
the same door, Carr wrote.
Later that same day, officers saw
Woods downtown and arrested him on suspicion of burglary and related charges. Woods told police that he broke into “My
Brother’s Workshop” and that “Buckwheat” was with him when he broke into the
building, according to Carr’s affidavit.
Woods led officers to an open lot
on Nye Gade where he hid the television and an I-pad that he took from “My
Brother’s Workshop.” Woods then took the officers to Western Cemetery in Altona
where he had concealed the cash register and several other items, according to