Man pleads guilty in robbery attempt
A Norfolk County man who tried unsuccessfully to rob a Simcoe business, was sentenced to a year in jail when he appeared in Simcoe’s Ontario Court last month.
Dustin D. Light, 23, had a black balaclava over his face last Dec. 28 when he went into the Robinson Mart and Video store on Robinson Street at about 5:20 p.m.
Light showed a weapon and demanded money but, when the clerk was unco- operative, he ran off and was seen running along Colborne Street.
About two weeks later, Norfolk OPP arrested Light.
In court, he pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and wearing a disguise to commit a robbery.
Justice Colette Good sentenced him to jail, plus ordered that he provide a sample of his DNA for the national offenders databank and remain on a twoyear probation.
Light must pay $ 400 in victim surcharge fines.
Man acquitted of robbery ,weapons charge
After a recent trial, a Nanticoke Valley Road man was found guilty of breaching probation but acquitted of robbery and weapons charges in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.
Zachariah Peter Solomon, 39, got into a fight in a Queen Street South home in Simcoe on June 29. Police were told Solomon grabbed a knife and demanded items from the man he was fighting.
But Justice Colette Good acquitted Solomon of robbery and possession of a weapon and dismissed charges of threatening death or bodily harm and threatening the other man’s home.
But Solomon was found guilty of breaking his probation orders.
And despite a not guilty plea for offences on the previous day, Good also found him guilty of mischief under $ 5,000 from a situation on June 28 when Solomon, on probation, was accused of having a knife and threatening a man.
The mischief charge related to Solomon throwing a glass pipe at a TV screen owned by the man.
Good credited Solomon with already having served 107 days in jail and placed him on an 18-month probation. She ordered that he get counselling for substance abuse, anger management and alcohol issues.
Shoplifter pleads guilty
A Tillsonburg man who engaged in some early morning shoplifting at his hometown’s Town Centre mall recently was sentenced to three months in jail in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.
Dustin W. Vanhaverbeke, 28, was charged by Oxford OPP after he grabbed some merchandise on July 30 last year and then ran.
Originally charged with mischief, theft under $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order, Vanhaverbeke pleaded guilty to the theft charge before Justice Richard Jennis.
Man didn’t follow bail rules
A Simcoe man already serving 20 months in jail for breaking into two Simcoe businesses was handed another two- month sentence for breaking bail conditions.
Christopher Thompson, 35, was convicted of breaking into the Trophy Haven store in Simcoe and stealing thousands of dollars worth of sports trading cards, as well as causing more than $ 500 in damage.
A few weeks after that conviction in September, Thompson returned to court to face further charges of failing to comply with his bail orders and was given another 60 days, but that time will be served concurrently to his existing sentence,