January 15th, 2021

Lethbridge man sentenced to 15 months in jail for several break-ins

By Nick Kuhl on March 14, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A Lethbridge man whose blood was found at the site of a business break-
in last year has been sent to jail.
Larry Brent Ovens pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court 
to several offences, including five break-ins, and was sentenced to 15 
months behind bars.
One of the break-ins was at a city liquor store, in which culprits 
smashed a hole in an exterior cinder block wall and stole 70 bottles 
of liquor. Although there wasn’t any evidence to prove who actually 
smashed the wall or stole the liquor, Ovens, whose blood was found on 
the cinder blocks, pleaded guilty as a party to the offence.
Ovens, 55, also broke into a service station last April and stole 71 
packs of cigarettes. He was identified by the businesses video 
surveillance camera.
Then between May and June of last year Ovens committed three 
commercial break-ins. He stole 370 pounds of “high-end” dog food after 
he broke into Highland’s Pet Hospital, and during a break-in to an oil 
change shop he stole a number of movie passes. A cash register was 
also reported stolen.
Ovens was also caught on video after he broke into the Safeway Liquor 
Store, from which he stole 48 cases of liquor.
In addition to the break-ins, Ovens also pleaded guilty to one count 
of breaching probation for failing to attend counselling and one count 
of resisting a peace officer for trying to flee after he was arrested 
for an offence.
“I would just like to apologize for my behaviour,” Ovens told the 
judge. “It’s all due to a drug addiction.”
Ovens was given credit for 429 days he spent in custody on the 
charges, leaving him with 21 days left to serve.
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