October 31st, 2020

Man fined for possession of stolen property


By Shurtz, Delon on July 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A man caught in possession of a stolen holiday trailer last month narrowly avoided jail this week following a brief hearing in Lethbridge provincial court.

Kyle Victor Rockenbach pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, and was fined $2,500.

Crown Prosecutor Clayton Giles told court the offence warranted a jail sentence, but he and Lethbridge lawyer Greg white settled on a high fine in light of Rockenbach’s guilty plea, his willingness to take responsibility for his actions, and his recent efforts to take control of his life.

On June 18 of this year police received a report of a stolen trailer, which was found abandoned at a campsite a few days later. Police learned the trailer had earlier been stored at a rural residence, and when they searched the trailer, they found additional stolen property.

White explained his client’s criminal actions were influenced by his association with other people and his drug use, but he is working and doing much better since leaving those bad influences, moving to Vancouver and enrolling in treatment programs.

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