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Man gets drug-treatment court after burglary spree

A drug addict who stole from three residences and tried to steal from another home has been ordered to participate in a treatment court programme.

Perry Hayward, 43, of no fixed address, admitted to trespassing on the properties, as well as prowling around another, when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court was told that Hayward first entered a home on South Road, Warwick, on July 22, while the occupant was away from the property.

Hayward entered the residence through an unlocked porch door and stole $200 in cash, as well as a $3 can of beer, from the property.

The court heard that Hayward then broke into a residence on North Shore Road, Pembroke, on August 7, but was spotted by the homeowner, who chased him off the property and down the street.

Hayward also stole $400 in cash from a second Pembroke property on August 8, while the occupant was off island.

Police identified Hayward through video footage and witness descriptions and charged him with all offences on August 20.

Senior magistrate Maxanne Anderson ordered Hayward, who has substance use issues, to participate in drug-treatment court beginning on August 29 and remanded him into custody until that time.

Ms Anderson also ordered that a social inquiry and drug use report be written for Hayward and adjourned the matter to October 2 for sentencing.

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