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Habitual thief jailed

An habitual thief has been jailed for three years after he was caught stealing on a home security camera.

Magistrates' Court heard that a Tucker's Town resident installed the CCTV on her property after she noticed items had gone missing.

Chet Wilmot, 51, of Farm Lane, Warwick, stole $240 worth of gasoline from a woodshed at the St George's property on September 16.

Wilmot then returned on September 20 to take more gas, along with toilet paper and a $1,000 chainsaw.

Footage showed Wilmot going into the shed five days later, and then hastily leaving empty-handed.

On each occasion, the property owner saw Wilmot entering and leaving the shed. Crown counsel Susan Mulligan described the images as “crystal clear”.

Wilmot was identified by police and arrested on October 4. The court heard his record for stealing goes back to 1979.

Today he pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of prowling and apologised to the court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo told him: “You've been doing this a long time. Your guilty plea is the only thing to your credit. None of this property was recovered.”

Items to a total value of $1,385 were stolen.

Wilmot was sentenced to three years' imprisonment for each theft, plus 12 months for prowling, with all sentences to run concurrently and time already spent in custody to be taken into account.

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Published October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm (Updated October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm)

Habitual thief jailed

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