Jail for stealing cigarettes
Roger Carpenter couldn’t have picked a worse time to steal cigarettes from a Huntsville convenience store.
The 29-year-old appeared in a Bracebridge court last week to face charges related to a break-and-enter at a Minerva Street Mac’s Milk convenience store on June 16, 2009. Carpenter was joined by an accomplice when they broke into the store at around 4 a.m.
However, their luck quickly changed once they gained entry.
“A police officer happened to be driving by,” said crown attorney Margaret Janzen.
Noticing a smashed window, police caught the pair red-handed. Carpenter was later released on a promise to appear in court seven days later, but failed to do so. Janzen said the break-in included $500 worth of damage to a door.
“The crown is seeking a 45-day jail sentence,” said Janzen, adding that a term of probation should also be included.
Carpenter’s lawyer, Bruce Thomson, said his client receives Ontario Disability payments because of a “developmental delay.” He said his client had no “firm plans” after he is released from custody.
“He’s very susceptible to peer pressure,” he said.
Judge JD Evans sentenced Carpenter to 24 days in jail, with credit for six days time served, which will be followed up with an 18-month term of probation. Evans barred Carpenter from further contact with his co-accused, and ordered Carpenter to pay $250 in restitution for the damage to the door.
Evans, however, declined the crown’s request to have Carpenter submit a sample of his DNA to police.