BC burglar detained after returning to burglary scene and ‘dumping’ beer from office fridge

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In addition to the prison sentence, the judge ordered the man to submit a DNA sample to a national criminal database.

A forgetful Kamloops burglar who was arrested hours after a downtown burglary as he was returning to the scene has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Justin James Brown-Henderson, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kamloops Provincial Court to a number of charges arising from incidents that took place between June and October last year.

The court heard that around 9 p.m. on September 30, Mounties was called to an office on the 200 block of Fourth Avenue to report a burglary.

Police found that a burglar had broken into the building through a skylight and ransacked a number of desks and offices. Investigators found a briefcase and a ball cap on the roof, but no sign of the burglar.

A few hours later, just after midnight, police were called back to the same store for another burglary alarm. This time there was a light from an office, so Mounties knew someone was inside.

“A man’s voice was heard and loud crashing noises came from the offices in the southeast corner,” prosecutor Bill Hilderman said in court.

“Cracking glass could be heard clearly.”

The police called him and Brown-Henderson came out of the office crying and with blood on his hands.

“Mr. Brown-Henderson was sobbing at the time,” Hilderman said.

“He said it was just a mistake and he came in to get something he forgot.”

Hilderman said investigators matched Brown-Henderson’s shoes to footprints found on the building’s roof and linked him to both burglaries. Brown-Henderson later told police he found a case of Corona in the office fridge and tried to down as many beers as possible before Mounties arrived.

“He giggled and said there was a fridge next to him, so he chugged as many as he could,” Hilderman said.

Brown-Henderson also pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of stolen property stemming from various vehicle thefts and a number of charges related to a burglary at a liquor store on Tranquille Road last August. In this case, he broke into the Angry Otter and made off with 14 bottles of hard liquor, 76 packs of cigarettes and more than $100 from a donation jar.

Provincial Court Judge Lisa Wyatt sentenced Brown-Henderson to 270 days in prison followed by 18 months of probation. Once credited for time served, he has 72 days left to serve behind bars.

In addition to the prison sentence, Wyatt ordered Brown-Henderson to send a sample of his DNA to a national criminal database.

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