A shoplifter who shoved a pair of baseball bats down his pants is on his way home, even though he got caught stealing.
Already a sentenced inmate on other charges, on Thursday he got a fine instead of jail for a previous theft — which means he’s to be released from jail today as originally planned.
Describing the theft, Crown attorney Deidre Badcock said store staff caught the offender after being alerted by his “suspicious” behaviour — with a baseball bat shoved down each pant leg, he was walking with a “bit of a limp.”
“He’d actually been walking around the store with what quite clearly was two sets of aluminum bats in each leg … This wasn’t a sophisticated crime,” Badcock told court.
Defence lawyer Ryan Fawcett had a straightforward explanation.
“He does play in a baseball league here in the city, and was hoping to show up at his games with some equipment,” Fawcett said.
City police were called to the Canadian Tire store on the afternoon of May 14, after store staff apprehended the man who was identified as Christopher John Sioux.
Sioux also had a backpack that contained two other items he’d tried to shoplift — a drywall screw gun and an electric drill.
The total value of the recovered items was about $576.
As for the tools, Fawcett noted that Sioux works as a drywaller and it appears he was hoping to use those for work.
Sioux appeared in court in custody as he pleaded guilty to theft. He was already serving time for breach of recognizance and breach of probation (he was sentenced for those offences after he committed the theft) and was due to be released today.
Badcock asked Judge John Combs to impose further jail time for the theft from Canadian Tire, but Fawcett persuaded the judge to impose a $500 fine instead.
Sioux was then granted bail on a separate break-and-enter allegation, which means he should be released today.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 8, 2014