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Barefoot thief jailed after admitting that crime scene foot-prints belong to him

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A thief, who decided to remove his boots to save it from the muddied state of his victim’s yard, sadly learned on Monday that trying to save his sneakers from dirt during a criminal mission was not so much of a good idea after all.

The man, Brentnol Jupiter learned this when he appeared before Magistrate Ms. Ann McLennan at the Vreed-en-Hoop Court, where he admitted that the footprints that were found at a crime scene indeed belonged to him.

According to police, Jupiter who had done some work for a couple, decided to return to their premises to steal.

The victim, Mrs. Karin Jacobs who was in court during the calling over of the case told Magistrate McLennan that her husband, who usually awakes early in the morning, went to the downstairs portion of their West Coast Demerara property at about 4am on the 11th August, and discovered several muddied footprints on the floor.

Suspecting that something was amiss, the woman said they made a search and discovered that a weeding machine which they had bought on hire purchase for $130,000, was stolen.

But armed with nothing more than the footprints, the woman said she made pertinent notes of its dimensions and did her own investigation.

So when Jupiter turned up to work for the couple again, the woman was able to make her own analysis that the man’s foot size and dimension was an appropriate match for those found at the crime scene several days earlier.

After cornering the man with her evidence, the accused subsequently confessed that he had indeed broken into her premises and stole the machine, which he had since sold.

He was later arrested and charged, before being placed before the courts.

In court, the man admitted to the crime, for which he was sentenced to three months in prison, and which can be avoided if he pays a $50,000 fine.

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