Corner Brook man gets house arrest for stealing money left for paper carrier
CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Taking money meant for a paper carrier out of mailbox was a petty, juvenile crime in the eyes of a Corner Brook provincial court judge.
And for the crime, Judge Kari Ann Pike sentenced a Corner Brook man to 26 days house arrest during an appearance before her on Aug. 26.
Kevin Turner, 31, had pleaded guilty during an earlier appearance to three charges — theft under $5,000 and two breaches of failing to appear in court.
He was charged with taking the money on Jan. 26, 2018.
The court heard an Atlantic Avenue resident on the west side of the city had become aware that money left in his mailbox for a Western Star paper carrier had been going missing for some time.
The man had told police he observed a car pull up and park in his driveway after 12:30 a.m. one night the previous week. A man got out of the vehicle and went to the mailbox and removed the bag containing the money. When the resident checked the mailbox, there was no paper inside.
Suspecting the thief would return, the man and a friend waited for him in a vehicle in the driveway on the night of Jan. 25.
Shortly after midnight the same car pulled up and the same man went to the mailbox and took the bag with $6 in it and returned to his vehicle.
The resident and his friend confronted him and held him to the ground until police arrived. The responding officer identified Turner as the thief.
In his statement to police, Turner said he used to work for The Western Star delivering papers and some customers still owed him money.
Turner was charged with theft and released from custody. There was no estimate given of the total amount of money he had taken.
A few months later on July 24 he failed to appear for a scheduled appearance in provincial court and an endorsed warrant was issued for his arrest. That warrant was executed on Aug. 1.
In January of this year he failed to make another scheduled appearance and an arrest warrant was issued. It was executed on Feb. 18 and he was released again.
Turner indicated he missed the appearance because he was in St. John’s receiving medical treatment but he had not notified the court he wouldn’t be present, nor had anyone appeared on his behalf.
The Crown suggested Turner be given a 30-day conditional sentence on the theft charge followed by a 12-month probationary period and 12 months of probation on each of the failure to appear charges with the probationary periods to run concurrent to one another.
Turner, who represented himself, did not offer any position on sentencing.
After taking a few minutes to consider a fit sentence Pike told Turner she had read his presentence report.
“It looks like what needs to happen is that you need to grow up,” she said to him.
According to the report, she said, it appeared Turner had a good upbringing and his parents are still supportive of him. She mentioned Turner had ADHD and there was some indication of prior drug use.
When asked if he helped his parents out or paid rent, Turner said no.
“Now as a 31-year-old able-bodied man you should be feeling a little big ashamed of where you are, and I think you need to work on that,” she said in response.
She said he wasn’t working, had no income and yet he couldn’t manage to attend court.
“So, something needs to change, right. You need to grow up. You need to become responsible.”
She said that would not happen overnight and was hopeful that probation conditions with respect to counselling would get him on a path to becoming a productive member of society, someone he and his parents could be proud of.
Pike didn’t stray much from the proposed sentence only to credit him with time served for time spent in custody on his arrests for failing to attend court. That reduced his sentence to 26 days of house arrest.