Man who broke into 11 homes to be sentenced Friday

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William Chad Pearce

A St. John’s man who broke into almost a dozen homes in the capital city earlier this year will be sentenced Friday.

The sentencing hearing for William Chad Pearce wrapped up in provincial court in St. John’s Monday.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty in late June to 11 break-ins, along with four charges of breaching court orders, including breaching probation.

Crown prosecutor Bill Cadigan has asked the judge to consider a six-year jail term for Pearce.

Defence lawyer Michael Ralph said a three-year prison term is more appropriate, noting his client had a serious drug addiction at the time he committed the crimes.

Judge Lois Skanes said she will need another week to review the evidence before making her decision.

Pearce was arrested March 17, when police caught him trying to get into house on Mount Royal Avenue.

He had smashed out the window in the back of the house.

A neighbour had spotted him on the property and called the homeowner, who was at her daughter’s house babysitting her grandchildren.

Through the course of the investigation — which included getting footwear impressions and fingerprints — police discovered Pearce had also been responsible for several prior break-ins in various parts of the city.

Pearce had broken into homes on Musgrave Street, Jasper Street, Quebec Street, LeMarchant Road, Patrick Street, Hamilton Avenue and Linscott Street.

Most of break-ins happened in March. There were a few in late February, one in January and one from June, 2012.

In each case, Pearce managed to get into the houses by either smashing out windows or patio doors in the back. They were all committed in the daytime when the homeowners were not there.

Several items were taken at each of the homes, including jewelry, money, laptop computers and pills. Some of the items were later found at Pearce’s home after he was arrested.

He’s been in custody since his arrest.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: Mount Royal Avenue, Musgrave Street, Jasper Street Quebec Street LeMarchant Road Patrick Street Hamilton Avenue Linscott Street

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