Teen sentenced to 2 years in jail for theft, promises to change when free

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An 18-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to two years in prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a larceny charge.

After being sentenced, he promised the Chief Magistrate that he will change his criminal ways as soon as he is finished serving his time.

The teen, Joshua Austin, of  Lodge Housing Scheme pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that between July 29, 2017 and July 30, 2017 at Lodge Housing Scheme, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Shawn Ferguson and stole one radio set valued $27,000, three television sets valued $416,996, one play station set valued $116,000, a total value of $559,996 all property of Ferguson.

At the time of the incident, Ferguson was not in the Georgetown district. However, after receiving a call informing him of the incident, he made a report to the Police.

On July 31 Austin was taken into police custody for questioning regarding the theft of the articles from the Virtual Complainant’s home.

He reportedly told officers that he sold the stolen items to a resident of Festival City, Georgetown.

When the officers visited the home of the implicated person, one of the stolen television set was recovered. As such the teen was cautioned and charged with the present offense.

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