December 5th, 2020

Man sentenced for breaking into garages

By Shurtz, Delon on November 4, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

A 28-year-old man caught breaking into residential garages in Taber last year has been sent to jail for several months.

Salar Dalair Khan was sentenced to nine months behind bars after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of break and enter, theft under $5,000, tampering with a motor vehicle and obstruction.

On June 24, 2019, Khan, who was carrying a backpack, was caught on video surveillance as he entered a residential garage in Taber and walked up to some shelves. The homeowner discovered the break-in several days later and contacted police to report the break-in and the theft of a jar of coins and a radar detector.

On July 14, 2019 Khan was caught on camera again, this time approaching a vehicle parked under a residential car port in Taber. He tried to open a door – it was locked – then left.

On Aug. 19, a homeowner in Taber saw Khan enter his garage. The owner tried to detain Khan but he managed to get away, abandoning several items he attempted to steal. That same day Khan stole $4 worth of change from another vehicle, but he was seen and followed by the owner, who also took his picture.

The obstruction charge to which Khan pleaded guilty relates to an incident on May 29 of this year when he contacted his estranged wife and asked if she had received the money he sent her. She discovered Khan had transferred $750 to her bank account to persuade her to drop a charge of criminal harassment against him.

Crown Prosecutor Ian Elford told court Khan mistakenly believed she was the complainant behind the charge.

Calgary lawyer Robin McIntyre explained Khan struggled with a cocaine addiction, and during the time of the offences he was going through a divorce and had hit “rock bottom.” However, Khan is doing well and has been sober for more than a year, McIntyre added.

“Mr. Khan is a very different person than he was a year ago,” McIntyre said.

In addition to his jail sentence, for which he received 35 days credit for time he already spent in custody, Khan must pay a $155 fine for the car tampering charge, and make restitution of $515 for stealing the radar detector. He must also submit a sample of his DNA for the National DNA Databank.

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