St. Thomas Man Arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

A St. Thomas man has been arrested for using another person’s vehicle without permission, the V.I. Police Department reported Wednesday.

VIPD was notified Tuesday of an unauthorized use of a vehicle that occurred Monday in the area of Red Hook Dock, St. Thomas, according to the police report.

Contact was made with the complainant, who explained that they parked their vehicle in the parking lot on Monday at about 1:45 p.m., leaving the doors unlocked and keys inside. They also explained that upon their return on the same date, at about 12:00 a.m., they discovered that the unknown suspect had entered their unlocked vehicle and removed the vehicle without their permission, the police report stated.

VIPD and Port Authority officers received information regarding the incident and made contact with Edward Richards in the area of Moravian Highway. Richards, 41, was then taken into custody and transported to the Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex, Criminal Investigation Bureau, where he was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections. His bail was set at $25,000, the report stated.

This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau Detective S. Rhymer at (340)774-2211 ext. 5572 or Crime Stoppers V.I.