A 41-year-old man who admitted to carrying out nine thefts earlier this year will spend the next two years in prison at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick handed down the sentence on Ricardo Anderson Harding, of no fixed place of abode, Friday.
Harding’s stealing spree began at the start of the year. He admitted in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on his last appearance to stealing a blower worth $300; a plane worth $350; a saw worth $200; an angle grinder worth $275; and a generator belonging to Christophe Allman, sometime between January 25 and February 5.
Harding also confessed that he stole three toolkits worth $1,700; a vacuum cleaner worth $150; two car stereos worth $800; three speakers worth $300; and a spray gun worth $50 belonging to Adrian Clarke, sometime between April 28 and May 2.
He pleaded guilty to stealing from Bajan Motors, three stereos worth $2,400, four car wheels worth $1,200 and two jacks stands, sometime between May 3 and 4. Harding admitted that in the same period, he stole a $2,600 Hilti and a $230 grinder belonging to Kirk Worrell, as well as two toolkits worth $550 belonging to Akil Lewis.
He further confessed to entering the house of Pasadina Trotman as a trespasser, sometime between April 28 and 29, and stealing three hammers worth $300; a saw worth $40; two squares worth $100; a plane worth $180; a trowel worth $40; a crow bar worth $40; a vice grip worth $30, a wrench worth $40, a chisel worth $30, a tape worth $60, a pan cart worth $250, and two shovels worth $100 belonging to Dexter Bishop.
The man also burglarized the home of Ernest Hill on May 3 and made away with two toolboxes as well as a socket set belonging to Cardinal Branker on March 7 and on May 6, he stole a box containing two socket sets worth $500, a spanner set worth $150, a breaker bar worth $45 and other tools worth $200 belonging to Siegert Noel.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock said Harding entered the homes of his victims and made away with the items. All of them were not recovered.
In addressing Magistrate Frederick Friday, Harding appealed for help kicking his drug addiction, even as he apologized for his crimes.
“I convey my sincere apologies,” he said.
Harding admitted that he has been hooked on cocaine for about four years, claiming that a woman had “put something in the weed” and he “got high” and had been addicted ever since.
However, in looking over Harding’s conviction card, the magistrate pointed out that his criminal enterprise began long before his drug problem.