Burglar Gets 7 Years after Caught in the Act Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

He was caught burglarizing the home of photographer Vicente Vernon and for that 21-year-old Jason Cawich gets to call the Belize Central Prison home for the next seven years.
Vernon of #14 Regent Street West reported to police that at 2:05 a.m. on Friday Morning, July 11, he was sitting down in front of his computer when he heard a noise coming from his bathroom. He went to check what was going on and saw a Hispanic man inside his house who he did not know. Vernon subdued the man and called police to the house. Police responded and detained the man who was later identified as Cawich. Vernon went to check on his belongings and noticed that some expensive equipment was missing. Those include a Cannon digital camera valued at $2,500, a black Canon bag valued at $100, a black cooler valued at $400, a black Safari video valued at $350, a black and white tripod valued at $250 and a black and white Canon film camera valued at $125. Total value of the items missing is $3,725. Vernon went to check outside the house by the door which Cawich used to enter and found all the items outside.

Cawich was unrepresented when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer on Friday, July 11. He was read a single charge of burglary and he wasted no time in pleading guilty to the offense. He told Magistrate Frazer this was his first time doing such a thing. He said he did it to get money to help his sick grandmother who is in the hospital in need of surgery. Court records show Cawich had been convicted of crimes of dishonesty before. He was convicted of two counts of theft and has a fine outstanding for possession of a controlled drug. Magistrate Frazer imposed the minimum jail term for burglary, which is now seven years in prison. For the old fine he must also serve ten months in prison. The sentences are to run consecutively; therefore, Cawich will serve seven years and ten months in prison.