A man has been sentenced to jail for a crime spree that included six break-ins to Brandon businesses — four of those were at the business where he used to work.
Jesse Benjamin Edward Quantrill had a grudge against his former workplace when he defrauded the company and then broke into the business, court heard.
"He chose, perhaps … the most foolish and inappropriate way of dealing with those issues," defence lawyer Andrew Synchysyn said in Brandon court on Thursday.
Quantrill, 22, had worked for Heartland Livestock Services, off and on, between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.
No specifics were given about why Quantrill left Heartland, but Quantrill had claimed that his former employee had treated him unfairly.
His crimes against the business began with fraud between Oct. 3, 2011 and Nov. 23, 2011.
As a former employee, Quantrill’s knowledge of the business helped him swindle Heartland.
Quantrill shuffled cattle from different holding pens to the receiving area, and then claimed he’d brought the animals in for auction and collected the money from the sales.
The swindle worked twice before Heartland employees got suspicious on Nov. 23, 2011. Quantrill had claimed to deliver four cattle on his dad’s behalf, but employees learned that they actually belonged to three other owners.
Heartland’s manager then went to police. In total, the company was out $7,558 due to the fraud.
Quantrill, however, continued to target his former employer.
He broke into the manager’s office within the business sometime between Nov. 26-27, 2011.
He then broke in again on Aug. 5-6 of this year, entered a café within, and stole food, $25 cash and a jar of change.
He entered yet again on Sept. 4 and took $30 to $40 cash and some food. Although, Quantrill maintains that the most he stole was $10.
By doing that, he broke a condition on his bail order that banned him from being at Heartland.
Quantrill broke into that business one last time on Sept. 15-16, opened a Coke machine and took change and drinks.
Those break-ins formed part of a burglary and theft spree committed by Quantrill.
On June 29-30, he stole a John Deere Gator utility vehicle from Enns Brothers Ltd. on 18th Street North, then stole another on July 3-4.
He also stole a Sea Doo from Action Power on First Street on July 13, and entered the Wheat City Cycle compound sometime that same day or the day after and swiped an all-terrain vehicle.
Quantrill was sentenced on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to fraud, the break-ins, breach of his bail order and theft of a motor vehicle.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta sentenced him to 14 months in jail minus 85 days credit for pre-sentence custody. That’s to be followed by two years probation.
He’s also to pay a total of $13,379 in restitution to Heartland Livestock Services, Enns Brothers and Action Power for his crimes at those businesses.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 28, 2012