Crack addiction led to charity break-in

| 05/11/2019 | 21 Comments
Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands Humane Society

(CNS): Ricky Johnny Alvarado (26) was handed an 18-month jail term Tuesday for a third break-in at a George Town charity. The Nicaraguan national, who had a clean record until this year, went on a crime spree during the summer to feed his crack-cocaine addiction, the court heard. He was already serving a suspended sentence for two earlier burglaries at the Humane Society when he went back again in the early hours of 1 September and stole $750.

Alvarado had asked for help from the court to deal with his addiction, but with poor English language skills and very little family support, as he came here with just his mother, the court had few options to help with his serious drug problem.

As a result Justice Roger Chapple said he no choice but to send Alvarado to jail, as he activated ten months of his original suspended sentence for the first break-ins and eight months for his third conviction, following his recent guilty pleas.

The judge said that courts do not enjoy sending people to jail for their first time, especially young people, but he said he hoped that during his time in prison Alvarado would receive help for his crack-cocaine addiction.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am a single mother. I work two jobs. I have never stolen so much as a penny from anyone. To steal from a charity is unthinkable. Disgusting how we choose to use our resources.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t do drugs, Just weed.

  3. Right ya so says:

    CNS article states “He was already serving a suspended sentence for two earlier burglaries at the Humane Society when he went back again in the early hours of 1 September and stole $750″….
    Question – why doesn’t the CIHS do nightly / daily bank deposits? If I’m reading this correctly that’s 3 times he’s stolen from them?!

    • Anonymous says:

      No kidding. That’s just his threepeat…imagine how many other neighbouring jingle-janglers are now putting this naive and unlearning charity on their mental score map…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Send him back to Nicaragua!

  5. Anonymous says:

    How much do we actually spend on drug rehab? Next to nothing. Do we even have a program? Crack is just one of many growing problems ignored by Unity administration. $220mln spent on security for our islands and nothing on the demand-side. There’s your crime and addiction….

  6. Anonymous says:

    How can you have a clean record and be serving a suspended sentence at the same time?

    • Anonymous says:

      How can you be an expat, be here, have a suspended sentence, and have a clean criminal record at the same time?

    • Logical says:

      Pretty sure it’s that his record was clean until he was handed a suspended sentence earlier this year. But the fact that someone can be convicted for burglary and then let back on the streets to do it again is concerning to say the least…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug – Rick James

  8. Anonymous says:

    Too bad he didn’t add restitution on there for the cost of the damage he did to the building and the money stole from the charity

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ricky we all know why you ended up where you are. God forgives and the devil tempts. We are rooting for you to shake this demon and love you. We will provide the support for you to get better.

  10. Anonymous says:

    He really gone to the dogs.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Deport the low life scum

  12. Anonymous says:

    How is this foreign national here? How was he allowed to remain following his first conviction? Who is failing to enforce our laws? Where is the accountability?


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