(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On October 1st, DNR Sporting Goods was broken into by a youth. Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to the situation and later located a suspect vehicle in which they attempted to pull over.
The suspect in the vehicle fled the scene and was driving dangerously in an effort to avoid arrest. Officers eventually managed to stop the vehicle and arrest the driver. Upon arresting the driver, officers located a stolen firearm, bolt cutters, hatchet and a drill. The firearm was not stolen from D&R sporting goods, but from an as of now, unknown location.
The youth, who cannot be identified as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was held in police custody pending a court appearance. The youth appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) this morning via video while in a youth detention centre. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up!” Van Kessel and criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan who is here on behalf of criminal defence lawyer Johnny De Bakker
The youth is facing the following criminal code charges:
- Operating a motor vehicle and failing to stop while being pursuit by police.
- Operate a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner.
- Possession of break-in instruments (bolt cutters, hatchet and drill).
- Break and enter with intent to steal firearms.
- Possession of a firearm while prohibited.
- Possession of a stolen firearm.
- Possession of a firearm for a purpose dangerous to the public.
- Possession of a firearm model 410 shotgun.
- Possession of a firearm without a license.
The Crown is not consenting to his release at all.
Habjan requests the matter be remanded to tomorrow so that DeBakker can come up with a bail plan to have his client potentially released. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill orders the youth to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, where they will have another shot at being released from jail.
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