Twenty-month sentence for convenience store robbery
Happy Valley-Goose Bay man has six months left to serve
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.