By Shurtz, Delon on November 10, 2020.
A 34-year-old man who broke into a couple of city businesses earlier this year, was driven by his addiction to alcohol and drugs, a Lethbridge judge was told Monday.
Lethbridge lawyer Tracy Hembroff said her client, Timothy Corey Scout, was intoxicated when he committed the break-ins and other offences, but he’s accepting responsibility for his actions.
“He’s prepared to take his lumps,” Hembroff said.
Scout pleaded guilty in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of possession of stolen property, break and enter, mischief and break and enter to commit a theft. He was sentenced to one year in jail, but credited for the equivalent of 105 days spent in pre-trial custody.
Scout smashed the front door of Shotz Billiards Club and Lounge on Feb. 25, causing about $1,000 in damage. He then entered the business and stole about $300 worth of alcohol.
The break-in was recorded by the business’s video surveillance camera, and when police arrested Scout the following day, he was wearing the same clothes seen in the video footage.
On May 6 Scout used a 2-by-4 to smash the front window of a local restaurant. This time, however, he didn’t attempt to enter the business. A witness called police and, with the help of police service dog Myke, Scout was arrested at the restaurant and still in possession of the 2-by-4.
Only five days later a resident called police and said his 2018 GMC pickup truck had been stolen outside his business. Six hours later, with the use of OnStar technology, the truck was found, as well as Scout who was still sitting behind the steering wheel.
On June 16 Scout smashed the front window of a Subway restaurant. He was caught in the act by video surveillance and seen taking about $100 worth of food, which he ate before he left the business. He was arrested the following day.
Hembroff said Scout is primarily addicted to alcohol, but uses drugs as well. He may also suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Hembroff noted Scout also attended the Kainai Transition Centre for several weeks, and while he struggled to obey the centre’s rules, he remained sober for the entire time.
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