William Chad Pearce is escorted into Courtroom No. 5 at provincial court in St. John’s Friday afternoon for his sentencing hearing. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
William Chad Pearce, 30, was sentenced to five years in prison today on numerous charges of break and entry into homes.
Pearce, who was in provincial court in St. John’s, was given 154 days in-custody credit, leaving four years and seven months to serve on the sentence.
Pearce pleaded guilty in late June to 11 break-ins, along with four charges of breaching court orders, including breaching probation.
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.