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Serial offender admits break-in and theft at Pembroke property

A serial offender who admitted the theft of jewellery and cash from a Pembroke property earlier this week will be sentenced in June.

Neville Woods, 55, broke into a Pembroke home on April 17 and stole $400 cash, two gold chains valued at $6,000 and $10,000, as well as pair of shoes, Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.

The complainant observed a man on a close circuit television camera breaking into his Court Street home on the day in question.

Shortly afterwards, he saw a man fitting the description of the Woods sitting on a fence as he made is way to report the matter to the police.

The accused was arrested and the next day was interviewed and cautioned at Hamilton Police Station. He admitted to the offence.

Woods pleaded guilty in court and requested sentencing.

The prosecution noted that Woods has a lengthy criminal record. He was jailed in 2022 for 18 months for a similar offence.

Previously, Woods served a five-year prison term in 2013 and an eight-year term in 2009 for criminal offences. His criminal record stretches as far back as 1982.

The prosecution requested a five-month prison term due to his considerable previous convictions.

Magistrate Maria Sofianos deferred sentencing and Woods was remanded into custody until June 7.

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