Trial begins for city man charged with break-in

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Christopher James Gallant one of two people charged after Greco Pizza broken into; the other man found not guilty

The trial of a Charlottetown man arrested in connection with a break-in at a Greco Pizza location in the city earlier this year began Tuesday.

The presentation of evidence began Tuesday in provincial court in the trial of a Charlottetown man arrested in connection with a break-in at a Greco Pizza location in the city earlier this year.

Christopher James Gallant was one of two people charged with that break and enter.

The other man, Hartley Coleman, was found not guilty of breaking into the restaurant last week.

In addition to the charge of break and enter, Gallant is also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

On Tuesday, Judge Jeff Lantz viewed video footage of interviews conducted by city police in which Gallant recounted the events of the night in question. Gallant admitted in the video to being at Greco Pizza on the night in question but states he did not go there with the intention of breaking into the place.

He told police during those interviews that he and Coleman, who resided in the same house, went for a drive with the intention of getting a coffee.

The two men drove around for a while and at one point, as they approached the Greco Pizza restaurant, Coleman, according to Gallant, told him to pull over, supposedly so he could urinate.

Gallant told police the next thing he knew Coleman jumped into the car with the cash drawer from the restaurant and told him they had to get out of there fast.

Gallant said he did as Coleman told him to and got out of there as fast as they could.

He said he never agreed to commit a break and enter.

There was earlier testimony from the manager of the restaurant who gave evidence on the amount of money that was kept

in the cash drawer after closing time.

She also testified she knew Gallant because the company he worked for made pizza deliveries for Greco and other businesses.

She also identified the cash drawer police found as having come from Greco Pizza.

Much of the afternoon was taken up by the testimony of a police officer who had been involved in surveillance of the vehicle the accused were alleged to have been driving that night.

The vehicle had been fitted by police with a GPS tracking unit so they were able to monitor the vehicle’s movement that night and the speed at which it was travelling.

At times when the police were in pursuit of the accused, the speed of the vehicle was said to be in excess of 90 kilometres an hour.

The trial is expected to take at least one more day.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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