Man Arraigned for Stealing From Neighbour

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Updated: May 18, 2016

Zaccheus Martinez, a resident of an apartment at 35 Faber’s Road Extension, charged with burglary and handling stolen goods for his neighbor’s apartment, was spared a custodial sentence today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Martinez was fined $500 and he was given until July 31 to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 6 months. The charge of burglary was withdrawn. Lesbia Betancourt, a resident of an apartment at 35 Faber’s Road Extension, reported to the police that around 6 p.m. on May 17, 2015, her apartment was burglarized and all of its contents were stolen. The items, apart from household items, included 6 sheets of plywood and 16 pieces of lumber. They amounted to a total value of $4,716. Shortly after the burglary the police went to Martinez apartment and recovered an Acros brand refrigerator and some light fixtures which were two of the stolen items. Martinez said he saw the refrigerator and light fixtures in the back of the yard and he took them into his apartment because it appeared as if it was going to rain.