(CMR) Antascio Rankine, who turned himself in to the police on 28 December after he was listed as wanted, has been charged in a burglary that occurred at the One Stop Shop last November, where a bag of chips was stolen.
Rankine, who is also a person of interest in the murder of Sven Connor, appeared in court earlier this week, where he was granted bail in the burglary matter.
He has not been charged in the murder; however, the prosecution, in opposing bail, said he could interfere with witnesses in that matter.
The prosecution also pointed out that Rankine had 10 previous convictions between 2012 and 2018, including four violent and two firearm-related offenses.
The prosecution said Rankine's safety was at risk as he had allegedly been threatened by Roland Welcome, who is also a suspect in the murder.
Rankine's lawyer, Prathna Bodden, however, pointed out that Rankine was before the court for burglary for a bag of chips and should not be held in custody until a case can be built against him for the murder. She said it would be against the law to do so.
Rankine and another person believed to be Roland Welcome and an unidentified woman were seen on camera near the Onr Stop Shop grocery store before going to the back, where attempts were made to enter the store. When they were unsuccessful, they reportedly broke a front window and stole a bag of chips.
Rankine was granted bail with conditions that required him to adhere to a curfew, wear an electronic tag, surrender all travel documents, and live at a specific address.