By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN returns to Magistrate’s Court today facing seven years imprisonment for theft of hair weave, assorted merchandise and electronics worth more than $14,000 from a hair supply store.
Valderine Hepburn appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday facing a count each of shopbreaking and stealing.
It is alleged that on January 4, she broke into the All Yours Virgin Remy Hair Supply store and stole 103 pieces of hair weave, 17 bottles of Gorilla Snot (hair gel), six bottles of Proclaim Activator, one bottle of Proclaim Argan Oil, three pieces of Indian 12 inch jerry curl, three Ez Fit waist bands, two 32-inch Proscan televisions, one Revo America DVRNS security camera, one backup battery supply camera system, $150 (cash float) and a clear laminate glass together valued at $14,702.
The crimes were reportedly caught on security surveillance at the Mackey Street store belonging to Philip Turner.
The 33-year-old resident of Retirement Road had initially pleaded not guilty to the crimes yesterday morning, but had a change of heart in court’s afternoon session.
The chief magistrate adjourned sentencing to Thursday, January 7.
Section 345 of the Penal Code notes that the charge of stealing warrants a sentence of up to five years imprisonment. Shop breaking carries up to seven years.
Hepburn was remanded to the Department of Correctional Services until her sentencing.
She was not represented at yesterday’s proceedings.