Charges dropped in Old Per­li­can phar­macy break-in case

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A re­cent court rul­ing that the rights of four sus­pects in a 2015 phar­macy break-in were vi­o­lated has dashed the pros­e­cu­tion’s hopes for any con­vic­tions.

Alyssa Brid­get Buck­mas­ter, Lai­lynd Vince Grand­bois, Blair Wil­liam Sum­mers and Lloyd Scott White faced mul­ti­ple charges linked to drug of­fences and break and en­ter.

When their case was called in Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court last Thurs­day, Crown pros­e­cu­tors in­formed the judge they had no ev­i­dence to present. As a re­sult, Judge Bruce Short agreed to dis­miss all charges.

The four sus­pects were ar­rested on the Trans Canada High­way June 23, 2015 near the Rod and Gun Club. Ear­lier that morn­ing, RCMP re­ceived a call about a break-in and theft at a phar­macy in Old Per­li­can.

Short’s rul­ing last month on the Char­ter ap­pli­ca­tion meant some ev­i­dence pre­vi­ously linked to the case would need to be ex­cluded if it went to trial.

Sum­mers and White still have un­re­lated mat­ters be­fore the court set for Feb. 6 in Har­bour Grace. Sum­mers faces mul­ti­ple charges in re­la­tion to break-ins at sev­eral other phar­ma­cies in the Trin­ity- Con­cep­tion area. A two-day pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry is sched­uled for March.

TC MEDIA FILE PHOTO

From the left, Blair Sum­mers, Lai­lynd Grand­bois, Lloyd White, and Alyssa Buck­mas­ter at Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court in June of 2015.

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