Break-in nets man jail sentence

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A thief who snagged a power bar, change jar and a carpenters’ knife got a jail sentence for his crimes, thanks to a long criminal record.

Jason Marcus Jenkins, 47, broke into the premises of Koenig and Associates, an accounting firm on West Street, around 11:30 p.m. one night last October by damaging a screen and removing a window.

But, with just a few small items in his possession, Jenkins was seen by the business owner, who chased and tackled him just outside the building.

When they arrested Jenkins, police found he was carrying a plastic extendable baton and a knife concealed in the buckle of his belt.

At the time of the break-in, Jenkins was on a weapons prohibition from 2009 that had an “indefinite expiry date,” said assistant Crown attorney Michael Dean.

Police also found pliers, a hammer, wire-cutters and screwdrivers.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and possession of break-in instruments and his case was quickly dispatched in court, taking just 11 minutes to arraign, convict and sentence him.

Dean said the last item on Jenkins’ criminal record was in 2009 for similar crimes that netted him three years in prison.

Dean and Jenkins’s defence lawyer, Sarah Harvey, agreed to petition Justice Aubrey Hilliard for two years in jail.

“This joint submission is in the appropriate range of sentencing, even given Mr. Jenkins’s extremely lengthy record, which dates back to 1990, and all for similar types of offences,” said the judge

Hilliard ordered Jenkins to maintain a one-year probation after his release and instructed him to stay away from Koenig’s office.

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