(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A warrant for the arrest of 35-year-old Blair Joseph Pelletier was issued on August 21st, 2018 regarding allegations that he broke into the First Class Gas near Fort William First Nation.
Pelletier was recently released from a federal penitentiary, but we will get into that later on.
Blair Joseph Pelletier appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court by video from the Thunder Bay OPP detachment on Saturday, November 16th, 2018. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Stella.
Pelletier is facing the following criminal charges:
- Theft under $5000 (smokes)
- Break and enter to commit an indictable offence (theft)
- Mischief causing damage under $5000 (door to First Class Gas)
The Crown is quick and decisive, he is opposed to Pelletier’s release on the primary and secondary grounds. Furthermore, the Crown states that there was an additional warrant for Pelletier’s apprehension due to his parole from Stony Mountain (federal penitentiary) being suspended.
Pelletier’s parole was suspended since March 26th, 2018 and has been wanted since. He was out on an early release when that release was revoked. The Crown states that he was out on release and has now allegedly committed more crimes.
Primary grounds means that the Crown believes that it is unlikely that the accused will return to court. Secondary concerns mean the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to become a public safety concern, re-offend, or interfere with the administration of justice is high.
Pelletier decides to represent himself and requests his matter be put over until Tuesday. The Justice of the Peace grants his request, and he is ordered to remain in jail until at least his Tuesday appearance, where he will have another shot at being released.
HISTORY ON PELLETIER
July 2014 – 31-year-old Blair Joseph Pelletier has been charged with:
- Break and Enter
- Failure to Comply with a Recognizance
These charges are in connection to the July 16, 2014 break and enter at the Copperfin Credit Union on Arundel Street.
Pelletier was taken into custody on July 17th, 2014 just after 11:00 am at the corner of Cumberland and Red River Road without incident. The Thunder Bay Police Service had released video from the break-in which assisted in identifying the accused as a suspect. Further investigation resulted in the arrest.
Subsequent to the arrest, a search warrant was executed at a north side hotel and another search warrant was executed on a vehicle to secure evidence in this case.
Pelletier was remanded to the District Jail. His next court date was July 21, 2014.
April 2015 – The Thunder Bay Police Service was sifting through video files that they had, in order to hopefully solve a string of robberies that occurred during the past few months.
Officers were able to identify a vehicle involved in the robberies as a result of video images provided by a local business. The vehicle was seized by police the following day.
A search warrant was obtained and resulted in drugs being seized and stolen property from Exquisite gold being recovered. 31-year-old Blair Pelletier and 35-year-old Shannon Pinese (photo unavailable, please send to email@example.com)were charged with:
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Breach of a court order.
Officers continued to obtain video images and were able to positively identify Pelletier as the male responsible for the three robberies that occurred on February 14, 2015, at the Holiday Inn, the Comfort Inn and Exquisite Gold.
On April 1, 2015, Pelletier was charged with:
- Robbery with an Offensive Weapon x3
- Disguise with Intent x3
- Breach of Recognizance x3
He remained in custody awaiting his next court appearance on April 17, 2015.
With files from the Thunder Bay Police Service.
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