By Nick Kuhl on November 30, 2019.
Two men accused of stealing a valuable ammonite fossil from a local
mine return to court in December and January.
Logan Heavy Shields, who was in Lethbridge provincial court Friday, is
scheduled to return to court Jan. 8, while Bryan David Fyfe, who was
in court last week, is scheduled to be in court Dec. 19.
Both men are charged with theft over $5,000 and a charge under the
Petty Trespass Act. Fyfe, court was told Nov. 19, needed his matter
adjourned while he is in treatment for substance abuse. An agent for
Heavy Shields said Friday the accused needs an adjournment while his
lawyer considers a Constitutional matter.
Heavy Shields is in custody at the Calgary remand centre, but on
unrelated charges. He was granted bail in August on the local theft
and trespass charges.
Workers at the open-pit mine had discovered a rare piece of ammonite
— a fossil from a coiled shellfish that lived about the time of the
dinosaurs — not long before the theft occurred July 16. The workers
were on a lunch break when they saw an individual enter the mining
area, grab the fossil and put it in a backpack.
The miners gave chase but stopped when they were threatened by the
man, who was wielding a pickaxe at the time. The thief then jumped
into a waiting pickup truck and escaped. RCMP responded but were
initially unable to find the suspects.
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