May 6th, 2021

Ammonite theft case adjourned

By Shurtz, Delon on August 1, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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Court matters for a man accused of stealing a valuable ammonite fossil a year ago continue to be adjourned while the Crown and defence discuss resolving his charges without having a trial.

A trial was being considered for Logan Heavy Shield, who pleaded not guilty in January to one count each of theft over $5,000 and entering land without permission. During a brief court hearing In July, however, defence suggested a trial may not be necessary, and on Friday the matter was simply adjourned.

The charges stem from an incident on July 16 of last year when a man was seen stealing the ammonite fossil from a mine south of Lethbridge. Mine employes saw the man put the $7,000 fossil in a bag and then run to a waiting vehicle. The suspects got away, but were eventually captured, despite the driver’s attempt to disguise his truck by painting it.

The driver pleaded guilty in February to several charges, including one count of theft over $5,000. He was handed a one-year conditional sentence and placed on house arrest for six months, followed by six months of curfew.

Heavy Shield’s charges are scheduled to be back in court Aug. 21 to allow time for the Crown and defence to continue “significant resolution discussions.”

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