October 20th, 2020

Man pleads not guilty to ammonite fossil theft

By Shurtz, Delon on January 9, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


One of two men accused of stealing a valuable ammonite fossil from a local mine has decided to stand trial.

Logan Heavy Shield pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to a charge of theft over $5,000 under the Criminal Code and a charge of entering land without permission under the Petty Trespass Act.

The accused, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, remains in custody on unrelated charges, as well, and returns to court Jan. 22 to set a date for trial.

RCMP reported last summer workers at the open-pit mine south of the city 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 chased the man but stopped when he threatened them with a pickaxe. The thief jumped into a waiting pickup truck and escaped. RCMP responded but were initially unable to find the suspects.

Also charged in relation to the incident is Bryan David Fyfe. He is scheduled to be in court today.

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