January 23rd, 2021

City man sentenced on new charge


By Delon Shurtz on December 2, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man sentenced just last month to a period of custody on several criminal charges, has received another jail sentence.
Carl Lemke, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court to one count of theft under $5,000 and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
At about 5 a.m. Aug. 29, Lemke entered a northside compound belonging to Mikado Electric and triggered an alarm that notified the owner on his cellphone. The business owner used his phone to access the compound’s video surveillance system and saw Lemke leave the compound with a roll of copper wire before police could arrive.
The owner told police he watched Lemke run north from the property, and after a search of the area, officers found the suspect at a self-storage facility. Lemke admitted to stealing the wire and told officers where he had taken it.
Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly pointed out Lemke was co-operative with police and the wire was returned to the Lethbridge business. He also chose to plead guilty rather than fight the charges in court.
Connolly explained Lemke had been sober for three and a half years, but has struggled lately. She added her client wants to clean up other charges, as well, including breaches and possession of break-in tools. Those charges are scheduled to return to court in a week.
Lemke’s 30-day sentence will run consecutive to any other sentences he is serving, including a four-and-a-half-month sentence he received Nov. 19 after he pleaded guilty to charges of resisting a peace officer, shopbreaking and failing to comply with an undertaking.

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