Magistrate Douglas Frederick today sentenced two “container robbers” to a total of two years behind bars.
Stephenson DaCosta Boyce, 32, of Belair No. 2, St George and Dwayne Irwin Foster, 40, of Block 99D, Eden Lodge, St Michael confessed to four of the six burglaries they were charged with when they appeared in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
Between June 19 and 20 the men stole two Hilti’s worth $7,800, a chop saw worth $1,100 and an angle grinder worth $350 belonging to Ashraf Mohammed. They then stole two weed trimmers worth $3,056.18 from Orlando McFarlane, between July 4 and 5.
The two men also admitted to stealing a $6,000 generator, a $3,000 demolition hammer, a $110 pan cart and two shovels worth $60 from MOV Inc., between August 19 and 25.
On August 21 and 22 they burglarized the home of Cherry Newton-Knight stealing a $500 cellular phone, a $500 television and $20 cash.
In the cases involving McFarlane, Mohammed and MOV Inc, the equipment was stolen from containers that were secured with padlocks and chains. While in Newton–Knight’s case, her home was broken into while she and her family slept. Only a few of the items, which were sold to a pawnshop, were recovered.
“I did not sell none of the property to no [pawnshop] . . . . I going through a lot of stress . . . smoking and a lot of things and I need help,” Foster told the magistrate while Boyce said he was also going through “hard times”, was a slower learner and the father of two children.
However, Frederick made it clear that this was no excuse for committing the crimes.
“You are a danger to everybody who has a container, or a house with valuables. You are a danger to yourself and society,” Frederick said, chastising the men for compromising the credibility and legitimacy of the establishment they sold the items to.
He then sentenced them to six months on each of the four counts, which will run consecutively.
Meantime, the two will make an appearance in the District ‘D’ Magistrates’ Court on November 1 to answer the charge of entering the home of Ava Griffith as trespassers on July 3 and stealing a $2,200 stereo set, while Boyce will appear in the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court on November 22 charged with entering the home of Ingrid Hall between September 6 and 7 and stealing a $5 000 television, an $850 laptop, $600 blender and $750 in cash.