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A/C thief escapes jail

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 26-year-old technician appeared in court yesterday accused of stealing an air-conditioning unit inverter belonging to MIS Products Limited. It was valued at $4,000.

Stephan Justin Holder admitted to committing the offence last Saturday, when he went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.

The court heard that the Tweedside Road, St Michael branch of MIS Products Limited is under renovation and the exterior wall was fitted with four a/c units.

When Managing Director David Pilgrim went to the business place on February 19 to make his daily check, everything was in order. The following day, however,
his sister called to inform him that a unit was missing from
the wall.

Pilgrim went there immediately and, on arrival, saw that the copper tubing was unscrewed and the power cable cut. He reported the matter to the police.

Investigations led to Holder, who took police to his 2nd Avenue Station Hill, St Michael residence where the $4,000 unit was hidden between two sheets of galvanise in the space between his home and his neighbour’s.

Last year, Holder was placed on a two-year bond by the same court. The condition attached to the bond was that if breached, he would have to forfeit $1,500 immediately or spend a year in jail.

By the end of the day’s sitting of the court, Holder had raised $1,200 of the amount. Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant allowed him a further month to come up with the remaining $300.

When he returns to court on March 24, he will be sentenced in relation to the stolen unit.

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