A St. John's businessman who bought items stolen from homes that were under construction has been given a four-month conditional sentence.
James Kelloway, 45, was sentenced today in provincial court after he pleaded guilty to nine charges of possessing stolen property.
The sentence included one year's probation.
Kelloway, owner of Kelloway Investments, bought such items as a steel door, saws, a heat recovery unit and air jacks — all items which were stolen at various home construction sites in St. John's and Paradise between May and August 2011. Many of the items were discovered at Kelloway's house on Blackmarsh Road in August 2011, when police executed a search warrant.
He was arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation by the RNC, which had received several reports of break-ins and thefts at home construction sites.
Surveillance during the investigation revealed two men — Trevor Doyle and Robert Dyer — were stealing the material from construction sites and bringing it to Kelloway's house in their pickup truck, on which police had placed a tracking device to track its movement.
The pickup was also bringing the items to other locations as well.
Some of the items were not recovered, but had been seen in Kelloway's possession during surveillance.
Kelloway's lawyer Erin Breen told Judge Colin Flynn that Kelloway had no idea the items were stolen and that he's admitted he should have asked questions.
Doyle and Dyer were convicted last year on several theft and conspiracy charges. Both got jail terms of over three years.