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24 months jail for stealing jewelry

A 39-year-old man was on Monday sentenced to 24 months for stealing his neighbour's jewelry.

Harripersad Roopchan pleaded guilty to entering Nubia Rahaman's home at Bamboo Village, La Romaine on January 4.

He has a 20-year history of larceny and similar offences on his records.

Court prosecutor Cleon Seedan said the victim had secured her home and went away for the weekend.

Roopchan entered her home and stole gold, diamond and platinum jewelry worth US$12,000.

Seedan said the woman returned on January 7 and discovered her jewelry missing.

Constable Akil Clarence conducted investigations and met Roopchan at his La Romaine home.

Roopchan reportedly admitted he stole the items and sold them.

Roopchan told Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington he did it because he was frustrated.

He said he was sorry.

Magistrate Wellington said Roopchan had criminal records dating back to 1993 including larceny and embezzlement, and imposed the prison term.

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