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Ammonite theft suspects to return to court

By Nick Kuhl on November 30, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


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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