Prolific thief sentenced to jailtime

A man caught trying to steal a laptop and a tablet from an unlocked vehicle a day after breaking into a local business was sentenced Monday.

Jordy Martin Visser-Hayne, 22, was sentenced to a further 144 days in jail on a count of breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence and to 45 days in jail and one year probation for theft $5,000 or under.

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Visser-Hayne was apprehended Friday after an officer saw a man in a uniform from a local business chasing another man carrying a laptop bag and tablet along 2nd Avenue near Ottawa Street in the light industrial area near downtown. He refused to stop when ordered and then ditched the items, but was caught and arrested near 2nd and Scotia Street.

For that act, he was sentenced on the theft under count.

He also pleaded guilty to breaking into a Spruce Street business early Thursday morning and making off with electronics and other products worth over $500. A security camera recorded Visser-Hayne committing the act.

He was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in provincial court on Monday, when he pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced.

Visser-Hayne has an extensive record for property crimes.

He was last in the news in November 2018 when he was sentenced to 43 days in jail and one year probation for trying to break into the shed of a Moyie Street home. Police arrived to find the home's owner holding Visser-Hayne down.

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