A 24-year-old Eleuthera resident, who blamed the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic for his crime spree on the island, was on Monday jailed for 18 months.
Cleo Nathaniel Petty Jr., of James Cistern, admitted to a break-in at a vacation home and the theft of rims from an SUV that was parked at the Governor’s Harbour Airport.
The caretaker at Indigo Seas in Rainbow Bay reported to police that an unknown person broke into the home between May 11 and 12 and stole electronics.
Petty stole four rims and tires off a Hyundai Tucso SUV between May 14 and 16.
The vehicle was intact when David Blake parked it at the airport on May 14, Inspector Philip Davis told the court.
Police found the stolen items at Petty’s home when they executed a search warrant on May 16.
Petty pleaded guilty to house breaking and two counts of stealing at his arraignment before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.
Petty apologized for his actions. He said that he wasn’t working because of the pandemic and needed to provide for his pregnant wife.
Vogt-Evans imposed concurrent sentences of 18 months for the house breaking and stealing.
She sentenced Petty to one year in prison for stealing the rims and tires. That sentence will also run concurrently.