A man convicted of domestic assault in St. Thomas last year, Joseph Henschel, is now in jail in St. Croix after police say he stole credit cards from a woman’s vehicle and helped another man rob a house, according to documents filed in VI Superior Court.
In the credit card case, Henschel was arrested and charged with robbery, obtaining money under false pretences, and accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes. Bail was set at $20,000.
In the burglary case, Henschel and another man named John Allen were arrested and each charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, possession of stolen property and robbery. Bail in that case was set at $25,000.
Police said they responded to a report of an ongoing burglary at around 7.17am Thursday at a home in Estate Morning Star, Frederiksted, which was captured on surveillance video.
Officers received reports that a vehicle had speeded out of the area and located the black Dodge Durango in the area of Sam’s gas station with two men, according to a probable cause fact sheet.
One of the men, later identified as Allen, fled the scene and police handcuffed Henschel without incident, according to the fact sheet. Police said they determined the truck was registered in Allen’s name and found numerous tools inside.
The tools bore the burglary victim’s name and cellphone number, and the victim confirmed that the items were taken from his home and that he tagged them himself, according to the fact sheet.
The victim said the tools were worth over $2,500.
Police say Allen eventually returned to the scene and was taken into custody.
Henschel was also charged with taking a debit card from a woman’s unlocked vehicle and using the card to make a total of $1,472 in unauthorized purchases at K-Mart and Home Depot on Feb. 1, which was captured on surveillance video, according to the fact sheet.
Both men appeared in court via video link on Friday, where Henschel suddenly walked out in the middle of a hearing before Magistrate Judge Yolan Brow Ross and refused to continue participating in the proceedings.
Assistant Attorney General VI Patricia Lynn Pryor said Henschel had two outstanding warrants in Virginia and “numerous” criminal convictions over the past decade.
Allen has been arrested multiple times and was charged in January with stealing wood from a property in St. Croix with two other men.
A judge allowed him to be released from jail to secure funds for bail and ordered him to post $2,500 in cash, 10% of his $25,000 bond.
Brow Ross said Friday that Allen has not deposited the money or appeared for his arraignment, and there is an outstanding warrant against him in that case.
She kept bail in the new case at $25,000 and said Allen had to post cash or property in that full amount to secure his release from jail.
Territorial public defender Amelia Joseph said Allen and Henschel are currently homeless.