Power Washer Thief Sentenced To A Year In Prison


David Gaynor, who pleaded guilty to larceny on Monday September 23rd, was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing a red Honda power washer.

The 23-year-old who said that he was employed as a security guard at a local firm, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court.

He admitted to stealing the power washer from the verandah of a Cooks Hill resident at around 2 pm on September 18th, 2019.

It was said that when the virtual complainant (VC) left his home and returned the next day, he found his power washer had disappeared.

Upon reviewing his CCTV camera, he was able to observe the perpetrator in the act.

With the  assistance of a friend, the VC was able to identify and find Gaynor.

When confronted, Gaynor reportedly promised to return the equipment but after he failed to do so, the victim reported the crime to the police.



  1. A security guard stealing. Why he didn’t just go and borrow the power washer as a good citizen? If he is not a native Antigua, please just deport him after he finish served his sentencing.

  2. Now this judge is really un-fair in his sentencing. We really need to give judges sentencing guidelines. A power washer for God Sake cost about $2K. Why not let him pay back the man for the washer and give him a slap on the wrist. But when criminals murder people you find leniency in your sentencing. This is becoming ridiculous if you ask me.

    • There may be more to it that is reported. For instance, we don’t know if he went through with a full trial, or if he known to the court.

      These two successive alone may have led to that sentence. Also, one may have to look at the law to see what is the penalty stated there

  3. This does seem like a harsh punishment. Is this a first offence, or has this person been before the court before? This is surely a matter that could have been dealt with, with a fine (and possibly a suspended sentence). Let’s save jail-time for those who really deserve it, and not fill up 1735 with those that don’t.

    • @My Island, I totally agree with you. I pray that the prison condition don’t mess him up mentally, and he will come out a better person.

  4. Sending these young people to prison do not help 70% of them. The rehabilitation program in the prison is not helping them. A lot of these young men go into the prison and came out worst than they go in there. The condition and the treatment received in the prison mess with these young guys mind mentally.

  5. Waste of public funds!!..fine him the cost of a new washer also inflicting anxiety on the owner,plus court costs. Suspend the one year sentence and bind him over to curfew to be in his home from 8pm until 8am.

    • GAYNOR is not an Antiguan lastname. Perhaps he was born here, but trace his roots and most likely won’t turn our to be Antiguan and Barbudan

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