A self-confessed drug addict, who broke into the Movement for Social Justice headquarters, two law offices and a restaurant in San Fernando, will serve four years in prison.
Frankie Lopez, who has no fixed address, admitted to commiting the crimes when he appeared virtually before San Fernando Senior Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.
Attorney Reagan Ramanan, the police prosecutor, gave the court a summary of the facts relating to each offence. The break-in and larceny at the MSJ headquarters at Lord Street were discovered by political leader David Abdulah on October 20, 2019.
Abdulah arrived at the office around 1 pm and found the front door open and one of the windows pried open. He discovered a black knapsack containing four flash drives, a variety of alcohol and other items valued at approximately $4,120 stolen.
In the other incident, an employee discovered Nandoo Mohammed & Vialva law office at Keate Street broken into when she reported for work around 6.15 am on May 16, 2019.
She observed that a metal door had been pried open and that several items were missing. They included a $2,000 laptop, a $1,000 cellphone, and $900 cash.
The break-in at the Keith Street office of attorney Shobhan Mahabir was discovered on November 4, 2020. Lopez gained entry into the building by removing a window. He stole $800 worth of food from the refrigerator and several ornaments valued at $700. Later that month Lopez broke into Zaza Restaurant at Bamboo Junction and stole an Ipad Pro valued at $5,000, a $3,000 iPhone, and $5,400 missing.