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One-man crime wave jailed for three years

Jahroy Simons (Photograph supplied)

A Sandys man was given three years jail time for a five-month burglary spree that targeted the Anglican Cathedral, homes and businesses.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Jahroy Simons, 36, admitted 19 offences, including 12 burglaries, that took place between July and December last year.

During his sentencing, Simons received more than 25 years’ imprisonment for the offences but Magistrate Maxanne Anderson ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

She added: “I pray that you accept any services that are offered to you.”

Simons, from Warwick, pleaded guilty on Monday to the offences, which included three counts of causing wilful damage, two breaches of public health regulations, one count of trespassing and one count of possessing a knife in a public place.

The first offence happened on July 18 when he broke into a Warwick home and stole $535 of jewellery and other items.

Later that month, on July 27, he trespassed onto Ruby Murray’s restaurant in Chancery Lane, Hamilton and stole $185 of alcohol.

On August 14, Simons was caught with a brown-handled knife on Parliament Street in Hamilton.

Less than a week later, Simons broke into a boat and stole goods valued at $4,085, including fishing gear, knives and a toolbox, damaging a locked cabin door in the process.

On September 1, Simons entered the Bermuda Bistro on Front Street with intent to steal. He returned to the establishment and trespassed again on October 23, at which time he stole bottles of alcohol valued at $370.

That same month he trespassed into another Front Street bar, the Birdcage, where he stole $220 in cash.

The offences continued on November 2 when Simons entered the Sunglass and Watch Shop on Reid Street where he stole $6,730 of goods.

Over the course of December Simons stole cash from Portofino Restaurant and Bermy Cuisine, sodas from the Burger Shack, alcohol from Bungalow 56 and two televisions from the Ocean View Golf Club, where he also damaged CCTV cameras.

Simons damaged CCTV equipment at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on December 21 where he stole audio visual equipment, gift bags, communion wine and a jewelled cross valued at $2,500.

Auralee Cassidy, for the defence, said that her client struggled with addiction, which held to him committing the crimes.

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