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Security guard fined $20000 for 'keeping' lost phone

The phrase "finders losers keepers weepers" was demonstrated by a security guard who was fined £20,000 after he admitted to having a lost cellular phone in his possession. Monty Coleman pleaded "guilty with explanation" to simple larceny when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday. Coleman told the court that he was at a staff party at a Mustard Seed home when he found a Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime under a table.

Coleman said that when he found the cellular phone he removed the battery from it. "I was told that it was the boss phone but I was afraid to bring it to her, so I took it home," Coleman said, adding that he was contacted the following day and he handed over the phone. However, the prosecutor told the court that the cellular phone was placed on the table before it went missing.

He was subsequently fined £20,000 or ordered to serve three months in prison.

Coleman, who only had £3,000 in his possession, asked for time to pay the money.

Parish Judge Chester Crooks told Coleman that he will provide him with a phone call.

'Mine's Real': Viral video shows security guard shooting 2 would-be robbers who used fake gun

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Warning: Video contains graphic content and language. WEST COMPTON, Calif. – An armed private security guard recently thwarted a robbery by shooting two would-be thieves, and surveillance video of the incident quickly circulated on social media, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

The security guard was sitting outside a convenience store in West Compton on the night of Dec.

30th when two teenagers entered the business, according to a sheriff’s news release. One of the would-be robbers jumped over the counter and began rummaging through a store employee’s pockets, according to the release.[1] The security guard then entered the store and saw one of the teens pointing what appeared to be a firearm at the cashier, which prompted the guard to take out his weapon and shoot both teens[2], authorities said.

He then detained them until deputies responded.

The Sheriff’s Department released this photo of the replica weapon. Investigators confirmed they recovered a replica semi-automatic handgun at the scene. The teens, both about 16 years old, were treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, the release stated.

Both were booked and charged with robbery. Both the Sheriff’s Department and the Times described the area as Gardena, but it’s actually the unincorporated West Compton area[3]. Nearly two weeks after the shooting, according to the Times, dramatic surveillance video of the incident was posted on YouTube and went viral, garnering more than 1.5 million views in the span of a week.

In the footage, two males can be seen entering the convenience store, and one of them goes to the front counter with both hands in the pockets of his bright blue hooded sweatshirt. He is soon joined by a second male, who is dressed all in black and also has his hands in his sweatshirt pockets. Seconds later, the teen in blue attempts to jump over the counter, tripping and falling in the process, before landing on the other side near the cash register, the video showed.

He is holding an apparent gun and is pointing it at the employee. The other male jumps over the counter with a backpack and begins taking money from the register. At that point, the security guard walks into the 7-Eleven and opens fire, hitting both teens, the footage shows.

“It’s fake,” one of the suspects yells, apparently talking about the weapon. “Oh, well. Mine’s real,” the guard replies.

Still holding his gun, the security guard instructs the pair to put their hands behind their backs and tells the employee to call 911. He proceeds to hold the suspects behind the counter until authorities arrive. Detectives stated in the news release they are aware that surveillance video of the robbery is making the rounds on social media, but did not provide further comment or a link to the video.

The two teens are being held without bail, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. The caption for the YouTube video, originally posted Jan.

11[4], indicated the incident took place in Hamilton, New Jersey, prompting speculation and local news coverage there. Police in Hamilton investigated and spoke to 7-Eleven corporate officials, who told them the shooting occurred in “Compton, Calif., just outside Los Angeles,” the news site reported[5], citing a police spokesman.

The person who posted the video wrote that it was obtained from a 7-Eleven in New Jersey.

In a comment below the video, the poster apologized[6] on Thursday for saying the incident occurred in Hamilton.


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NH Police Search for Woman Accused of Escaping From Minimum Security Unit

Police in New Hampshire are searching for a woman who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility.

Valerie Jean Charest, 28, of Derry, New Hampshire, walked away from the Shea Farm Transitional Housing facility in Concord on Saturday, where she is a work release resident, said authorities.

According to police, Charest had left the facility to go to work but did not return at her scheduled time. She was placed on "escape status" around 8:30 p.m.

"Walking away from a correctional facility is considered escape," said Jeffry Lyons of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

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Charest was sentenced to one to two years in prison for theft by the Hillsborough County Superior Court in 2017. Prior to her escape, she was eligible for parole on Feb.


Charest is a 5-feet 2-inches and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is advised to contact the New Hampshire State Police or local law enforcement.