By Alexis R. Milan
Jessica Beeks, a 19-year-old part-time housekeeper was arraigned on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing jewelry estimated to be worth $11,000 from a Bella Vista home belonging to Nicola Longsworth.
On her arraignment before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser, the Electric Avenue resident pleaded not guilty to the offence and, as luck would have it, her charge was dismissed hours later.
That’s because she was returned to court shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Monday to be told her charge was dismissed, after her former boss experienced a change of heart and requested no further court action into the matter.
In an interesting twist, Beeks was still sent to prison to serve an 8 month jail term. It turned out that Beeks owed the court $755.00 for an old wounding conviction, which she picked up in 2011.
She was unable to post bail, which was granted to her in the sum of $10,000 plus one surety of the same amount, or two sureties of $5,000 each, until she pays her old fine in full by the end of the day. As a result, prison time kicked in.
Allegations are that between November and December 24, 2014, Beeks cleaned out Longsworth’s jewelry box of all its contents, including 2 gold linked bracelets valued at $3,500, one three-colored gold bracelet valued at $2,000, a tennis bracelet valued at $1,200, a gold esclava valued at $2,500, and a gold chain with pendant valued at $1,850. Apart from the jewelry, Beeks was also accused of stealing the boss’ son’s Christmas gift.
As a result of Longsworth’s report, police launched an investigation into the matter on Saturday, December 27, 2014 which led them to visit Fair Brothers Pawn Shop on Mahogany Street in Belize City, where all of Lonsworth’s items were recovered. All the items had been pawned out in Beeks’s name.
On a side note the victim Longsworth saw the defendant’s sister wearing one of her blouses when she visited the courtroom to withdraw the charge of theft.
Beeks was represented in court by attorney, Ellis Arnold.