Federal Jury Convicts St. Croix Woman Of Robbery Charges
St. Croix, USVI – After a five-day jury trial, a federal jury on March 6, 2015 convicted St. Croix resident Ketisha Isles, 23,of Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery and Interference with Commerce by Robbery, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge Carlos Cases, and Virgin Islands Police Commissioner Delroy Richards.
Evidence presented at trial established that on June 17, 2013, after Isles was buzzed into Perfection Jewelry Store, she held the door open for three masked gunmen to enter. Once in the store, one of the gunmen hit an employee several times with a gun. Another man stood at the door while the other two went behind the counter, broke the display case and stole approximately $100,000.00 worth of 14 carat gold jewelry. The evidence also showed that Isles knew of the robbery before it happened and agreed to hold the door open for the gunmen.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our federal and local partners to ensure that violent offenders are brought to justice,” U.S. Attorney Sharpe said. Isles faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each of the two counts for which she was convicted. She was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and remains free pending sentencing. No sentencing date has been set.
This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.