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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Judge hands Key West man two years for repeated thefts

This is Jeremy Westbrook

KEY WEST, June 23, 2020 – A Key West man with a history of theft has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Jeremy Westbrook, 26, was sentenced June 18 by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones after Westbrook pleaded no contest in one case and admitted to violating probation in two others. Assistant State Attorney Patrick Flanigan represented the state.

His latest case is from April 6 this year, when he was charged with felony petit theft with priors. He had walked out of a Key West Publix without paying with a shopping cart full of merchandise worth $503.02, with most of the products being health and beauty items. He also took some food and clothing.

One of the probation-violation cases stemmed from his arrest in October 2019 for fraudulent use of a credit card and petit theft with priors. Judge Jones had placed him on probation for 36 months in December. In that case, Westbrook pleaded no contest to charging $45.13 worth of merchandise on a stolen bank card. He was arrested after a store clerk and the victim said he was the person seen on store video using the charge card. Police identified him from past interactions.

In the other case in which he violated probation, on October 5, 2019, police were called to a CVS in reference to a theft of $28.49 in personal products.  Westbrook left the store without paying and after pleading no contest he was put on probation for 36 months.

His probation violations included moving from his residence without permission from his probation officer, failing to report to the probation office and getting arrested for the theft from Publix.

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