A man has been sentenced to eight months in prison and probation after admitting to breaking a car’s glass to steal.
Belony Charles, 37, of Brougham Street, changed his plea to guilty on Thursday after spending seven months in custody.
At the completion of his sentence for causing damage and stealing, Charles will remain on probation for 12 months. He will be sent to jail for 12 months if he breaches the terms of his probation.
Charles stole clothing and a watch, with a combined value of $466, and broke a glass on Michael Capron’s Suzuki Swift on January 2, 2020.
Police were patrolling St. Albans Drive when they heard a car alarm. A man near the car, later identified as Charles, ran into bushes when pursued, ASP Clifford Daxon told the court.
Police later arrested Charles with the assistance of a police dog, the court heard.
Officers notified Capron of the car break-in with the assistance of the deejay at the nearby club he was attending.
Charles asked the court to have mercy on him. He said there was no social distancing in prison.
Charles claimed, “Every day somebody is sick and they’re quarantining them on the block.”
He also alleged that suspected novel coronavirus patients used the same bathrooms as the inmates in the general population.
Ferguson-Pratt noted that Charles was no stranger to the criminal justice system, with multiple convictions of a similar nature.
She said that Charles had received fines for previous convictions and that prison was a last resort.
Ferguson-Pratt admonished Charles to stop stealing and get a job instead.