Charlotte St burglar gets one-year sentence

A Charlotte Street man will be serving a year in jail after pleading guilty to stealing a total of over $700,000 in electrical wire and tools in two recent burglaries.

Jason Joseph, 23, of Lot 164 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, appeared yesterday before Magistrate Leron Daly in Georgetown, where he was read two charges of break and enter and larceny.

It was alleged that between July 4th and July 5th, 2018, at Lot 196 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, Joseph broke and entered the storeroom of Ryan Busby and stole 60 feet of electrical wire, valued at $500,000, a binder, valued at $20,000, a power drill, valued at $105,000, an electrical plane, valued at $25,000, and a sand machine, valued at $28,000. The items, which were the property of Sharwan Khan, amounted to $678,000 in total.

The second charge that was read against Joseph stated that between July 18th and July 19th, 2018, at the same location, he stole an electrical saw, valued at $35,000, an angle grinder, valued at $20,000, and painting materials, valued at $3,000, which were all the property of Khan. Joseph, a labourer, pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to the prosecution, on the morning of July 19th, Busby went to work and discovered that the storeroom, which he had previously secured, had been opened. He then proceeded to make some checks and later discovered that the items mentioned in the charges were missing. As a result, surveillance camera footage was reviewed and this led to the arrest of Joseph. Following his guilty plea, Magistrate Daly subsequently sentenced Joseph to one year in jail on each charge. However, the sentences will run concurrently, which means Joseph will only spend a year in jail.

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