For Immediate Release - December 18, 2014

John A. Burns Disposition

     District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that on December 15, 2014, John A. Burns was sentenced in Barnstable District Court after a jury returned a verdict of guilty on counts of Breaking & Entering a Building at Nighttime for a Felony and Larceny Over $250. 

     Judge Joan E. Lynch sentenced Burns to an aggregate of four-and-a-half years committed in the House of Correction.  Specifically, Lynch sentenced Burns to two-and-a-half years committed on the Breaking & Entering a Building at Nighttime for a Felony charge and two years committed on the Larceny Over $250 charge, to be served consecutively.  

     The charges stem from a theft of approximately $20,000 worth of assorted jewelry and watches from a jewelry store in Yarmouth.  On the early morning of February 4, 2013, Burns tripped the alarm system and entered the jewelry store by prying open a bathroom window at the rear of the store.  Burns proceeded to smash several glass cases before removing the assorted jewelry and watches from the store.  As a result of the investigation, the Yarmouth Police Department executed a search warrant at Burns’ residence.  Several items relating to the theft from the jewelry store were located in his bedroom.  Burns was also found to be wearing one of the stolen watches on his wrist while being booked at the Yarmouth Police Station.  Subsequent investigation also tied Burns’ vehicle to the scene of the crime.       

     The case was investigated by the Yarmouth Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ben Vaneria.