Estate Pastory resident Coby Cooper was arrested early Saturday morning, January 16, and charged with third-degree burglary for breaking into a storage area in Wharfside Village.
Cooper, 56, the former vice president of Integrated Assets Management Inc. — which used to own and run island restaurants Asolare, Chateau Bordeaux, Paradiso and Chole and Bernards — was reportedly working at the Balcony Restaurant in Wharfside Village most recently.
The St. John man faced V.I. Superior Magistrate Court Judge Alan Smith on Monday, January 18, when third-degree burglary charges against him were upheld.
An eyewitness saw Cooper remove hinges from a room at Wharfside Village and walk off with several boxes, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News. The witness contacted the owner of Wharfside Village, who reported the matter to the V.I. Police Department, according to the report.
It was unclear when the burglary occurred or what the boxes removed from the storage area contained. Cooper was arrested in his Estate Pastory home at 6:03 a.m. on January 16.
Cooper’s bail was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent provision. He will face arraignment on January 28. As of press time, the Balcony’s doors were shuttered.