Tracked down

GPS device leads police straight to phone thief

courtA GPS tracking system on a stolen phone helped police and the victim find thief Justin Wayne Jackman on Sunday.

And after being caught red-handed, the 38-year-old Melbourne Apartments, Black Rock, St Michael resident pleaded guilty to stealing the cellphone valued at $900, a phone case worth $30, and $120 in cash, when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Tuesday.

The court heard from police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid that Melodie Rodriguez-Richardson’s husband went to Browne’s Beach, St Michael on Sunday and left a bag in a chair. But on leaving the beach, it was discovered that the phone, which belonged to Rodriguez-Richardson, was missing.

However, the GPS was activated and as police and complainant closed in on the phone, it emitted a loud ringing and officers apprehended Jackman. When he was taken to the police station, police also found less than a gramme of cocaine in his possession.

Asked by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant if he had anything to say before sentencing, Jackman said he had apologized to the couple while at the police station.

“I didn’t mean to do that. . . . I was clean and everything before, but just the drugs and alcohol had me. I was drinking that day. I would like to be as clean as possible,” he told the magistrate.

“I ask you to be lenient and not send me to prison. Give me a fine. I got a job at BADMC,” added Jackman, who is known to the court.

He was reprimanded and discharged on the cocaine possession charge.

But Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant fined him $800, payable in one month, on the theft charge. If he does not pay up, he will spend six months behind bars. He was also ordered to pay $450 in compensation to Rodriguez-Richardson by Friday, or he will spend six weeks in jail.

Jackman must return to court on May 20, 2017.

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