February 18, 2012 Leave a comment
Stealing a mountain bike ended very badly for Rene Brian Jimmy last summer.
On Aug. 14, he stole the bike from outside a store in Saskatoon while the bike’s owner went in to buy cigarettes. The next day, the bike’s owner was at the Saskatoon Exhibition and saw Jimmy, 28, riding the bike. He recognized Jimmy and reported the incident to police.
Later that day on Aug. 15, Jimmy was riding a bike under the Broadway Bridge when he fell off while going down a steep embankment under the southeast corner of the bridge. He suffered serious, life-threatening injuries that put him in a coma for just under two weeks.
Since then, Jimmy’s focus has been on getting well, said defence lawyer Linda Wood in Saskatoon provincial court on Monday. He has a long criminal record and his bail supervisor said that since the injury, he’s been much more compliant in meeting his terms of release.
Jimmy pleaded guilty to charges related to the mountain bike theft and another theft of bicycles from a compound on Fifth Avenue North in June 2011. He was sentenced by Judge Marty Irwin to nine months probation.
THIEF CAN’T READ STOLEN BOOK
A man who stole a Latin book he couldn’t read was caught by police on the doorstep of the house he stole it from, the Christmas wrapping paper he’d taken off the book still lying on the sidewalk.
Cody Jason Terrence Dreaver, 29, wanted to get some money by shovelling people’s sidewalks on Dec. 11. He was drunk and wanted to be able to go and visit his daughter out of town, Saskatoon provincial court heard on Monday.
He went door to door, and at one house, found the present between the screen door and the main door. A neighbour saw him take the package and she called police. When they arrived, they caught him redhanded, book in hand, said Crown prosecutor Janet McIvor.
Dreaver pleaded guilty Monday to the theft and was sentenced to three days time served and fined a total of $500, including both the fine and victim surcharge.
BLANK CHEQUE TURNS UP
A man who found a blank cheque in a pile of papers says he hung onto it for a while until he really needed the money.
When Danen Scott Nahnepowisk, struggling from a drug addiction, ultimately filled in the cheque, he made it out to himself for $400.
That made it easy for police to find out who had had possession of the cheque, which a mom had originally signed and left blank for her son to pay for a gym membership. When the gym wouldn’t take the cheque, the son paid by debit card and put the blank cheque in his wallet, promptly forgetting about it. He later lost his wallet at a bar.
The mom later noticed the strange cheque, cashed in July, when she was balancing her books.
Nahnepowisk, 41, knew the cheque wasn’t his and takes full responsibility for the fraud, said Wood. His first court appearance was Jan. 11 and he pleaded guilty as early as possible on Monday, she said. He’s currently seeking treatment for his drug addiction.
Nahnepowisk was fined $300 for the fraud and was ordered to pay $400 restitution to the victim.
SHOPLIFTING SCHEME BACKFIRES
Joseph Ivan Richard Pambrun wanted desperately to visit his mom, who lives out of town, at Christmas time.
A friend of a friend offered to arrange for a ride for Pambrun, 29, if he would “boost” some items from the Sears store downtown and he reluctantly agreed, said defence lawyer Wood. The new friend pointed out the items he wanted Pambrun to steal and Pambrun grabbed them.
A security officer watching surveillance video on Dec. 11 saw Pambrun take five articles of winter clothing totalling $849.95, said Crown prosecutor McIvor on Monday. Other officers followed him out of the store and when they challenged him, he dropped the clothes and ran.
The officers followed him to a house on Avenue D South, where they subdued him and called police.
Pambrun was sentenced Monday to six months probation.