A Riley man appeared in court on Monday charged with stealing 168 jugs of cooking oil, valued EC$21,840, from his former employers.

Deron Layne pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court.

The prosecution is alleging that Layne stole the jugs of oil from Double Happiness Wholesale in Kingstown between Oct. 22 and Nov. 16, 2015.

The prosecution are alleging that Layne stole six jugs of cooking oil on Oct. 22; 12 jugs on Oct. 23; eight jugs on Oct. 24; 12 jugs on Oct. 25; six jugs on Oct. 28; 10 jugs on Oct. 29, eight jugs each on Oct. 30 and 31; 13 jugs on Nov. 3; six jugs on Nov. 4; eight jugs on Nov. 5; six jugs each on Nov. 6 and 7; seven jugs on Nov. 9; five jugs on Nov. 10; six jugs on Nov. 11; 10 jugs each on Nov. 12, 13, and 14; and 11 jugs on Nov. 16.

The prosecution did no object to bail but asked for sufficient surety.

Bail was granted in the sum of EC$25,000.

Layne is required to report to the Mesopotamia Police Station between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Fridays.

He is to re-appear in court on May 5, 2016.

Lawyer Israel Bruce is representing Layne.