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A 19-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison for breaking-and-entering and grand larceny in York-Poquoson Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Melvin R. Jones was found guilty of breaking into a home on the 200 block of Windsong Lane in York County in January 2015 and stealing a PlayStation 4 and safe that contained more than $1,000 in jewelry with the help of a 15-year-old boy who is not being named due to his age.
Shortly after the break-in, authorities with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene, where the homeowner’s son said he had seen Jones carrying something heavy in his hands a few hours earlier.
Later that day, deputies received a call from a bystander who filmed Jones and the 15-year-old dragging the safe and the PlayStation down the street with her cell phone.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for Jones’ home and found the sweatshirt and backpack he had been wearing in the video. They also found the safe containing the jewelry near victim’s residence.
When he appeared in York-Poquoson Circuit Court last May, Jones entered an Alford plea of guilt to one felony count of grand larceny and one felony count of breaking and entering with intent to steal, which means he maintains his innocence but acknowledges there would be enough evidence to convict him if he went to trial.
Judge Richard Rizk sentenced Jones to five years in prison with all five years suspended when he reappeared before the court Tuesday.
Jones will remain on probation for up to 10 years and he is responsible for paying back court costs totaling $1065.