January 24th, 2021

Man fined for series of charges

By Shurtz, Delon on June 25, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A 30-year-old man who pleaded guilty to offences in Alberta and B.C. has until next January to pay off nearly $4,000 in fines.

Craig Joseph Peterson was fined $3,640 after he pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of theft under $5,000, drug possession, failure to appear in court, and possession of stolen property.

In July 2019 Peterson stole two cordless power drills from Ace Hardware in the Crowsnest Pass. He took the drills out of their boxes and hid them in coveralls, but he was caught on video surveillance.

The following month he was stopped by police and arrested on outstanding warrants. During a search of his vehicle police found one gram of cocaine stuffed inside a water bottle.

On Nov. 1 police stopped him again while he was driving a truck that had been stolen from Kamloops, B.C., and four days later he was caught stealing a USB stick from London Drugs in Lethbridge. Security personnel were keeping an eye on Peterson when they saw him use a pocket knife to cut open the package containing the USB, then hide it in his coveralls and walk out of the store.

Later the same month he was again pulled over in a traffic stop and arrested on outstanding warrants. Police found a meth pipe, 2.7 grams of methamphetamine, and cheques that had been stolen from a trailer at a trailer park in B.C.

He also failed to attend court last September and November in Pincher Creek.

Peterson, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, returns to court Tuesday on several additional charges, including assault, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, unlawful confinement, choking, and pointing a firearm.

His lawyer told court they hope to resolve those charges, as well.

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