Police caught two men red-handed when they went to investigate a break-in at an FML web shop, a magistrate heard yesterday.
Dwayne Bullard, 21, of Bahama Avenue, and Roberto Johnson, 18, of Florida Court, pleaded guilty to shop breaking and violating the national lockdown on June 7 at their arraignment before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister.
Bullard also admitted to possession of break-in tools – a blow torch, knife and screwdriver.
Both men admitted to violating the lockdown order that required them to remain at home.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Kenny Thompson, officers on mobile patrol went to the web shop on Balfour Avenue and East Street around 5 a.m.
The officers met the door to the generator room kicked in. They found Bullard and Johnson hiding behind the generator system, the court heard.
The officers also found a backpack containing instruments for shop breaking and saw that an intruder had entered the main building through an air conditioning vent.
The officers also found a plastic bag that contained $125.
In his police interview, Bullard said that he broke into the web shop intending to steal the safe but it was bolted to the ground.
Johnson told investigating officers that he never entered the main building and served as a lookout.
In court, Bullard begged the court for mercy. He claimed that he lived in a one-bedroom apartment with his mother and brother and they were facing eviction.
He asked the magistrate not to send him to prison and suggested community service as an alternative.
Johnson also asked for leniency, saying that this was first offense.
Armbrister sentenced Bullard to 18 months in prison since he has a prior conviction for stealing.
As it was Johnson’s first offense, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
They were advised of the right to appeal the sentences.