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St. Thomas Man Indicted on Two Jewelry Store Robberies Related Gun Charges and Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI – On November 1, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a six count superseding indictment against Wayne Bellille, 46, with two Hobbs Act robberies, conspiracy, and related gun charges, United States Attorney Gretchen C. F. Shappert announced. Bellille made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and was detained pending further proceedings.

The superseding indictment is the result of an investigation into Hobbs Act robberies of two jewelry stores on St. Thomas: Signature Jewelers on August 19, 2015, and 3G’s Jewelry and Repair on September 14, 2015. According to the superseding indictment, Bellille and other co-conspirators conspired to rob the stores and brandished weapons to threaten and intimidate store employees. The robbers used duct tape to bind and gag the victims and then fled the store with cash andmerchandise.

If convicted, Bellille faces up to 20 years on each of the Hobbs Act robbery charges and a mandatory 7- and 25-year consecutive sentences for each brandishing of a firearm charge, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virgin Islands Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte

United States Attorney Shappert reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated November 8, 2018

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