A man struggling with a serious methamphetamine addiction was once again before the courts on Thursday, facing multiple charges including theft and possession of crystal meth.
Harley David Andrew Jordan, 23, pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court for theft under $5,000, possession and failing to comply with court orders.
The string of charges started almost immediately after Jordan was released from jail, Crown attorney Yaso Mathu said, when he failed to report to his probation officer.
The breach followed previous convictions such as taking a motor vehicle without consent, theft and forgery.
On Nov. 11, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call from the Subway in Austin, reporting a man had entered the employee lounge and stolen a 16-year-old employee’s backpack, Mathu said.
A still photo taken from surveillance video allowed officers to identify Jordan, and showed him entering the lounge and immediately leaving the store with the backpack, which contained several items worth approximately $460 overall.
RCMP located and arrested Jordan, who admitted he had taken the backpack and that he was high on methamphetamine at the time, Mathu said.
Then on Nov. 23, Brandon police attended to a home after getting a tip from an anonymous caller stating there was violence in the home.
Over the course of their investigation, they located Jordan at the home who was known to have a warrant out for his arrest, Mathu said.
Upon searching him while under arrest, officers found a small baggie of crystal methamphetamine in his front pocket.
"(Jordan) does have numerous entries on his record," Mathu said. "It’s certainly disappointing that he was just sentenced for failing to comply with probation, he was given a sentence of time served, and then he promptly turns around and blows off his probation officer."
Aside from a "wilful defiance" of the probation order he was placed on, Mathu said, Jordan’s brazen theft of a teenager’s backpack was equally concerning.
"Methamphetamine use is a huge problem in our community, and a strong message needs to be given to the public and the accused that this kind of behaviour is unacceptable," Mathu said.
Defence counsel Ellen McCarville told the court Jordan neglected to report to his probation officer because he was homeless immediately after being released from custody and was focused on that.
Jordan is in a "contemplative state" in regards to his addiction, McCarville said, and he has been attending programming while in custody.
"This is the longest time he’s spent in custody," McCarville said. "He’s told me this is a real wake-up call. He doesn’t want to come back here."
Judge John Combs sentenced Jordan to 65 days time served, followed by a period of probation.
"For a young person you’re accumulating a terrible record, and it’s disturbing to hear that you’re now getting involved with methamphetamine," Combs said. "There’s no way you’re going to stay out of trouble if you’re using methamphetamine."
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