January 18th, 2021

Man sentenced for theft

By Shurtz, Delon on March 26, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald


Stealing a new pair of running shoes from a Lethbridge business may have helped Casey Lynn Simonsen run away from store security, but he couldn’t evade city police for long.

Simonsen, 29, walked into Mark’s Work Warehouse last November, and shortly afterward, with store security in hot pursuit ran out wearing a new pair of shoes. He managed to evade security, but about 45 minutes later police noticed the suspect downtown, still wearing the shoes, and nabbed him.

During the arrest, police searched a backpack Simonsen was carrying and found a laptop computer that had been stolen earlier in the morning when someone smashed a window at a city business.

A few weeks later police were called to an altercation at the downtown library where Simonsen had walked up to a man and grabbed his cellphone. When police arrived Simonsen began pushing and grabbing the officer before he was finally arrested.

Simonsen pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to resisting a police officer, theft under $5,000, shoplifting, possession of stolen property and breaching release conditions. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, for which he was given full credit for time already spent in custody.

Defence told court Simonsen is remorseful for his unlawful conduct and hopes to get help to overcome his addictions.

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