ST. THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Carolyn Hermon
Percell ruled that there was sufficient evidence to move forward on burglary
and related charges against Tyshown Belle.
his arrest on Feb. 16, Belle, 26, of Tutu Hi-Rise made his initial appearance
in court Friday morning to be advised of his rights on one count each of third-degree
burglary and grand larceny stemming from a Feb. 13 break-in at an Est. Wintberg
characterized Belle as “an extreme danger to the population,” while referring
to his previous arrests – including a Jan. 4 arrest – on similar charges and
requested that he be placed on house arrest.
Hermon Percell concurred that Belle was a danger to the community, maintained
his bail at $25,000 and allowed him to post ten percent. She also ordered him
to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions, which include house
arrest with electronic monitoring.
to the probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Alex Dorsett, the victim
discovered that several of her jewelry and $400 in cash were missing from her
home. Video footage from a surveillance camera showed that a man, whom Dorset
recognized as Belle, entered on to the property from an unknown area,
approached one of the surveillance cameras and altered it by pointing it into
the air, according to Dorsett.
The suspect then
travelled to the lower portion of the apartment and used a ladder to climb onto
the southern side of the victim’s porch. He then unlocked the sliding door and
entered the apartment. Once inside, the suspect took the jewelry and money,
made his exit through the same sliding door, climbed back down the ladder and
fled into the nearby bush. A man driving a vehicle stopped and picked up Belle,
scheduled to make his second court appearance on Mar. 2 for his arraignment
hearing, at which he will formally answer to the charges.