Sentencing issued on theft, breaches
A Glace Bay man was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court for crimes that included smashing vehicle windows and stealing whatever was available inside.
Thomas Gerard Rogers, 39, admitted his actions were driven by a long-standing opioid drug addiction.
However, after serving the equivalent of eight months on remand, Rogers said he is getting his addiction under control and beginning to regain his life.
He has enrolled in a methadone treatment program and is also seeking counselling to better understand the addiction and its pitfalls.
Rogers pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching court orders, two counts of theft and single counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace (a hammer) and possession of stolen property.
The court was told that Rogers was charged in connection with the theft of trading cards from a Glace Bay comic book store.
The other theft related to an incident where Rogers was seen smashing the window of a parked vehicle and running off with valuables taken from inside. Two vehicles were damaged.
Taken were a wallet and a cellphone and Rogers was later found in possession of both items.
The court was offered a joint recommendation for sentencing that included credit for the eight months he spent on remand and one day in jail served by his presence in court.
In addition, Rogers was given a oneyear probation period during which he is to refrain from alcohol and all drugs not prescribed to him by a physician. He is also to take all substance abuse counselling as recommended by his probation officer.