L to R: JOSIAH JOSEPH and DARREL CLARKE were each sentenced to 18 months’ hard labour for larceny. (Images courtesy TTPS)

Two 18-year-old men, who pleaded guilty to larceny, were each sentenced to 18 months’ hard labour when they appeared before a Princes Town Magistrate on Thursday September 23rd.

JOSIAH JOSEPH, of Well Road, Siparia, and DARREL CLARKE, of Erin Road, Siparia, were handed the sentences by Magistrate Indira R. Misir-Gosine.

A release from the Police Service reports the two were arrested and jointly charged by PC Ramdatt of the Princes Town Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with assistance from the Siparia CID.

According to a police report on September 9th 2021, a woman secured her business and placed her handbag with over $20,000 and other valuables in her vehicle. While sitting in the vehicle, a man opened the front passenger door and grabbed the bag. He later escaped from the scene.

Police were contacted and a party of officers from the Southern Division responded.

The woman told the investigating officers that she also saw another man running with the first suspect.

Further enquiries resulted in the arrest of JOSEPH and CLARKE who confessed to the offence of larceny and were subsequently charged with the offence.