Very bad Santa sentenced

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A man who robbed Ware’s Jewel­ers in Stet­tler on Christ­mas Eve, 2015, in a Santa Suit, has been sentenced to more than three years in jail.

On March 14, Shawn Steier of Medicine Hat pleaded guilty in provin­cial court in Stet­tler to rob­bery with a firearm, dis­guised with in­tent to com­mit an of­fense and other weapons-re­lated of­fenses.

On De­cem­ber 24, 2015, at ap­prox­i­mately 4:30 p.m., a lone male wear­ing a Santa Claus cos­tume, en­tered the Ware’s Jew­elry store lo­cated in down­town Stet­tler. The male pro­duced a firearm and de­manded var­i­ous items in­clud­ing jew­elry and pre­cious stones.

The sus­pect then left the store and drove away in a black Hum­mer H2 SUV. No em­ploy­ees were phys­i­cally harmed dur­ing the com­mis­sion of this crime.

In Septem­ber 2016, 31-year-old Shawn Steier was charged. Fol­low­ing his guilty plea last week, he was sentenced to over three years in cus­tody, as well as a life­time firearm pro­hi­bi­tion, and was or­dered to pay resti­tu­tion and a fine.

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