Twenty-month sen­tence for con­ve­nience store rob­bery

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay man has six months left to serve

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN Evan.careen@the­labrado­

A 29-year-old Happy Val­leyGoose Bay man who pleaded guilty to rob­bing a con­ve­nience store where he worked will have to spend a few more months in jail.

Keith Learn­ing, who pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000, be­ing dis­guised with in­tent to com­mit an in­dictable of­fense, mis­chief, ut­ter­ing threats and var­i­ous breaches of an un­der­tak­ing in July, was sen­tenced in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay pro­vin­cial court on Tues­day, Oct. 16.

Judge Kari Ann Pike said there were a num­ber of fac­tors in the sen­tence she im­posed, both mit­i­gat­ing and ag­gra­vat­ing.

Pike said his record, while lengthy, did have large gaps, but most were of­fenses of vi­o­lence. She said the theft from his em­ployer hap­pened over the course of a month, not a one time thing, and that he abused the trust his em­ployer had in him.

Pike sen­tenced Learn­ing to 600 days to­tal for the charges, with 415 days given for pre-trial cus­tody. That leaves ap­prox­i­mately 185 days left to serve be­fore he is re­leased. Fol­low­ing the jail time, Learn­ing will be on pro­ba­tion for 18 months and has to sub­mit for a DNA or­der. He is not al­lowed to have a weapon for 10 years and has to pay his for­mer em­ployer $2,193.11 in resti­tu­tion.

Learn­ing was an em­ployee at White Cres­cent Con­ve­nience when the owner con­tacted the RCMP on Sept. 22, 2017.

The RCMP was told Learn­ing had been steal­ing money from the busi­ness for over a month. He had been tak­ing money from the cash reg­is­ter and let­ting peo­ple take items with­out pay­ing for them. The court heard it was es­ti­mated Learn­ing had taken over $10,000 in prod­ucts and cash.

Less than a month later on Oct. 20, 2017 RCMP got a call of a rob­bery at the same store Learn­ing had re­cently been fired from for steal­ing. A man wear­ing a face cov­er­ing, gloves, a hat and gro­cery bags on his feet had come into the store de­mand­ing money. He walked over to the counter, reached be­hind, un­locked the reg­is­ter and fled with the cash tray and just over $2,000 in cash.

Staff at the store iden­ti­fied Learn­ing as the rob­ber to the RCMP, since it re­sem­bled him phys­i­cally and he walked in a sim­i­lar fash­ion.

When RCMP came call­ing, Learn­ing ad­mit­ted to them he had robbed the store, telling po­lice he was made to do it by an­other per­son who he owed money to but he would not pro­vide a name for that in­di­vid­ual.

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