A Sioux Valley teen who helped swipe dozens of bottles of liquor and cigarettes from a Westman store has been sentenced to jail.
“It’s a fairly significant offence, with a significant loss to the owner of the property,” Judge Donovan Dvorak noted during sentencing in Brandon court on Thursday.
Court heard how Justus Lars Elk, 18, and others pried open the door of Stahl’s Food Mart in Alexander on Aug. 6.
Video footage showed two males — one of them Elk — and two females entering the shop around
On the recording, Elk and the other male can be seen pulling liquor off the shelves.
In total, the burglars made off with 38 bottles of booze, 47 packs of cigarettes, fireworks and candy worth a total of $1,650.
It was an RCMP case, but it was the Dakota Ojibway Police Service that got a break when it happened to be called to a Sioux Valley Dakota Nation home on an unrelated matter.
That happened to be the home of one of the girls believed to have taken part in the break-in.
Several bottles of liquor were found in her closet, and fireworks and a backpack that contained numerous packs of cigarettes were also discovered in the home.
Elk, who was arrested at the home, was sentenced on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to break, enter and theft.
He also admitted to breaching a probation order by being out past his curfew during the break-in.
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison said Elk had been approached by others to take part in the theft and was to get $250 for his efforts.
Dvorak sentenced Elk to 139 days in jail minus 49 days time served, leaving 90 days left to serve. When Elk gets out, he’ll be on probation for 18 months.
A teenage boy and two girls — aged 15, 15 and 17 respectively at the time of the break-in — still face charges.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 27, 2013