Pair admit series of break-ins

Two men were referred to the Drug Treatment Court yesterday after they both admitted a series of thefts.

Jahni Thompson, 41, pleaded guilty to six charges including burglary, prowling and having tools for the purpose of burglary.

Thompson, from Hamilton Parish, admitted that he broke into two homes on October 14 and stole a $330 speaker from one and electronics and jewellery from the second — although he told the court he did not take a $20,000 Rolex watch reported missing from the second home.

He also broke into a car parked in Warwick on October 26 and stole coins and a pendant.

Thompson was arrested later that evening when another Warwick resident heard the defendant attempt to break in to his property.

The witness called police and kept them informed of Thompson’s movements as he entered an apartment on the property.

Police arrived while Thompson was still in the apartment and arrested him.

In a separate case, 33-year-old Jeron Douglas admitted the theft a bottle of Hennessy brandy from Henry’s Pantry in Southampton on October 9 and stealing money from Swizzle Inn in Hamilton Parish on October 22 and 23.

Prosecutors said Douglas, also from Hamilton Parish, first took cash that had been pinned to the wall of the Swizzle as staff prepared to close for the night.

He broke into the bar the next day and took more bills, but was identified through CCTV.

Police commissioner Stephen Corbishley said today: “Burglary is one of the most traumatic crimes that can affect a victim and their family.

“The intrusion into someone’s home violates their feelings of personal safety and the loss of property can include items that are irreplaceable for personal and sentimental reasons.

“Offenders who carry out these crimes will be relentlessly pursued by the BPS and the public should be reassured that we work extremely hard to target those responsible and bring them to justice.”

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