Sen­tenc­ing is­sued on theft, breaches

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.

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