Jarred Dingwell jailed for offences that included bringing concealed pellet gun to Charlottetown Mall

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Dingwell, 21, sentenced for several crimes then taken to another courtroom to answer more charges

Prince Edward Island provincial court

A Charlottetown man who was caught with a concealed pellet gun at a mall will be going to jail after he was sentenced Wednesday to serve 120 days for several crimes.

Jarred Scott Dingwell, 21, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to several charges that included carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property, fraud and uttering forged documents.

The court heard that in July, Dingwell stole cheques from a truck, wrote several to himself and deposited them in his own bank account. In total he stole $2,450.

On Aug. 13, a man who lived on St. Peters Road reported to police that he returned home to find his door forced open and several items stolen, including a $2,000 television. Dingwell sold the television at a pawn shop for $175.

Later that month, Dingwell got in a fight at a motel on University Avenue, during which he pulled out a can of bear mace and sprayed his opponent.

Then in September, Dingwell went to the Charlottetown Mall where he was trying on jeans in a store when one of the employees saw a black handgun and a collapsible baton in the change room with him when he opened the door.

The employee called security and after following him through the mall security called 911.

When the police arrived, they found Dingwell was carrying a concealed pellet gun and the baton. Dingwell also had a pill bottle that contained magic mushrooms.

During an earlier court appearance, Dingwell’s lawyer had requested a pre-sentence report, but after numerous attempts by probation services to complete it, he only took part in one interview and the report wasn’t finished.

On Wednesday, defence lawyer Thane MacEachern told the court it was unfortunate the pre-sentence report wasn’t finished because he thought having information about Dingwell’s family background would have been useful.

Dingwell’s brother, Dylan, was sentenced in 2012 to 5 ½ years in prison after he shot and killed their other brother, Kyle.

In handing down a sentence, Douglas said that without the pre-sentence report he didn’t have a lot to go on. He then gave Jarred a suspended sentence with 18 months of probation for using the stolen cheques.

Douglas also sentenced him to 45 days in jail for possession of the stolen television, 30 days for possession of the bear spray and 45 days for carrying a concealed weapon, all to be served consecutively.

For possessing the magic mushrooms, Douglas ordered Jarred to pay a $200 fine. He also ordered him to pay $2,450 in restitution for the stolen money and $200 in victim surcharges.

The sentencing was Jarred’s first of two court appearances Wednesday. After it was finished, he was brought into a neighbouring courtroom in handcuffs and shackles where he appeared before Judge Nancy Orr over his alleged involvement in the Operation Clean Sweep drug investigation. That case was adjourned until March 26.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Peters Road

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  • Justin
    February 28, 2014 - 02:27

    Could the courts just please lock up this guy for an extended period of at least 10 years. Obviously the issues his brother's had have had no effect on showing him improper behaviour. So rather then wasting time and someone else getting shot could the courts just send him a strong message now and save work for later.

  • Reginald O'Malley
    Reginald O'Malley
    February 27, 2014 - 20:56

    This silly fascination with the thug life is frustrating. There are people on PEI coming from countries under dictatorship, under all-out war. People who have been shot at, who have watched their family members die in front of them. These people manage to come to PEI and become model citizens. Then we have the middle-class dopes with their PEI rendition of an actual hustler. They disregard the fact they would last maybe 5 minutes in a real city's underbelly, where their neck tattoos and hilarious "farmer's bling" will yield a negative on the respect chart. Your sideways baseball hat and lowered Sunfire isn't going to strike fear in any hearts. These people need to simply wake up and realize that their false bravado and phony ebonic slang is not even a match for their local law enforcement. No matter how much drug you sell to your friends, no matter how Scarface you think you're going, you're still going to be in front of the same judge for the same reason, gathering a hefty record and bottomless fines. You're NOT going to be a good parent, and you WILL regret every phony thug thing you did when you see how your kids grow up. This goes to every easily convinced teen girl as well. You will get pregnant, he will not stick around. Apologize for these guys all you want, sympathize their lot in life until you're convinced there's no such thing as a bad person. I'm telling you there is such a thing, and scoff at this at your peril. Just remember one thing as your baby daddy makes his way to court in a Tap-Out tshirt: The guy who came here from Syria or Bosnia went through 100 times more hardships than your hero in the "snitch killer" baseball hat. The newcomer is working a job paying his taxes and living peacefully. Your hero is selling stolen chains at a pawn shop. Enjoy your choice in partner and father of your children. When you're starved for some peace and stability your child deserves, remember the decision YOU made, and think back to this pep talk.

    • C
      February 28, 2014 - 03:38

      Reginald O'Malley you absolutely nailed it. Bravo.

    • voter
      February 28, 2014 - 05:43

      i question your statements about the taxpaying,working,peaceful newcomer !!!!

  • shrooms
    February 27, 2014 - 20:09

    Were they actually magical mushrooms? Or were they psilocybin mushrooms? I only ask due to the fact I do not believe he was associated with witchcraft or any disney characters of any sort...

  • ISLANDER
    February 27, 2014 - 19:47

    Judge not because someday you might have something in your family and would not enjoy reading the comments of those perfect people that have never done wrong in their lives LOL Think of these boys mother who has done nothing wrong and then take crazy glue and seal your lips or fingers to stop typing your cruel comments on here if you cannot stop judging others. As some day you might be the one begging for understanding in this cold world. I do not know this family but can sympathize with this poor mother to bad some of you cannot.

    • Reginald O'Malley
      Reginald O'Malley
      February 27, 2014 - 21:31

      With all due respect to the obvious hell the sons in this family have put their mother through, it's gone well beyond armchair judging at this point. This isn't spreading a rumour at bingo, this is a documented habitual criminal who was found guilty of committing crimes in our neighborhood. That is how the law and media work. The Dingwell boys are doing this to their mother, not us. If they want the publicity to stop, all they have to do is stop breaking the law. If they insist on running headfirst into the nearest crime, then they can reap what they sow.

    • Bob Macdonald
      February 28, 2014 - 13:06

      I don't think any family on PEI has ever done as much wrong as this one.

  • Samantha
    February 27, 2014 - 18:12

    Shut down the pawn shops? Considering the main pawn shops in Charlottetown is always doing charity stuff. They helped me get my dad's ring back and held it for a few extra days when I lost my job, they also just did the bully awareness day thing just the other day. I've seen them do lots in the community and also know they work with the cops to NOT buy stolen stuff (My cousin is a cop for the city). This has to do with this Jared being a criminal.... Nothing to do with the stores.

    • Reginald O'Malley
      Reginald O'Malley
      February 27, 2014 - 21:49

      What part of "Dingwell sold the television at a pawn shop for $175" is confusing here?

    • Denied
      February 28, 2014 - 06:08

      I think the point is, Samantha is replying to the person who said shut down the pawn shops because Jared decided to victimize them too. Jared could have sold the TV anywhere, at least with the pawn shop there is proof. If anything, the pawn shop is the only victim financially here as they are out the money for the TV. They don't get anything back. Some may argue that's the cost of business, but does that mean the thief is rewarded for ripping off a local business(that took exceptional due diligence) by allowing the thief to keep the money? That being said, I seriously hope this family gets the help it needs. Fact is, Jared saw his brother killed by the hand of his other, that would mess anyone up.

    • Pawn shops good guy
      February 28, 2014 - 06:24

      The Hells Angels do lots of charitable fund raisers too. I guess we should just forgive them their trespasses since they're just a bunch of teddy bears at heart!

    • Denied
      February 28, 2014 - 13:20

      Pawn shops are not to blame. Ignorance is, especially after reading pretty much every comment on this news article.

  • Cb
    February 27, 2014 - 18:09

    Just to clarify, it's easy to put a crazy price on something if you state it's original value, sort of like saying a VHS Video Camera is worth $1999.99 because it sold for that in 1987. We all know the video camera would be near worthless now. The television may be worth $2000 in 2010 or something when it came out, but we all know how prices drop quickly. You can get quite the television now for $2000 and this TV was not a $2000 TV. Paper never ceases to amaze me.

    • Reginald O'Malley
      Reginald O'Malley
      February 27, 2014 - 21:09

      I'm glad the restitution is 100% paid-for value. If the person paid $2K for the item in '87 and some hero steals it, then the hero should be forced to totally undo the damage. The Guardian gets the value handed to them and they report it. It's not their job to do the math on what the items are truly worth. Not sure why the purported value of an item bothers you. If the thief wants to steal it, maybe he can run a price check on it first.

    • Hey Cb
      February 28, 2014 - 06:21

      And I am sure if Jarred went and stole something from you, you would be more then understanding to prorate the replacement cost to take off the wear and tear on said item. Seriously, don't blame the victims.

  • Reginald O'Malley
    Reginald O'Malley
    February 27, 2014 - 18:03

    Thanks to low self-esteem and poor parenting, there will always be a choir of apologists and white knights crying foul over any complaints about the actions of these repeat offenders. It only takes a few minutes of browsing the Facebook pages of these people to see the horrible results of PEI's hilarious attempt at thug life. Profile after sad (public) profile of the same patterns - ridiculous, trendy tattoos, insecure tough-guy poses, painted up girls with severe daddy issues no "bad idea" alarms, countless unplanned pregnancies, child protective services rants, addiction, prison, anger, violence. There's even a guy, I'm NOT kidding, who is posing with his fiance, and he's wearing a confederate flag baseball hat that says "snitch killer". Congratulations, I guess? These are the people in your neighborhood. They know only violence and drugs. They blame the police. They worship Tupac. This is the sum of their culture, their contribution. They're having kids like rabbits. I believe my fear of what these people and their offspring will do to me, my property and my community is legitimate.

  • Partridge Family
    February 27, 2014 - 15:30

    If only the Dingwells had started a family band. They must have named the Cafeteria at Sleepy Hallow after them by now.

  • Bob Macdonald
    February 27, 2014 - 09:25

    This whole family should be locked up and have the key thrown away. They are a menace to society.

  • SunnyRoadz
    February 27, 2014 - 09:15

    Career criminal wanna be thug. Send him to the Federal Pen and get him off our Island. Time to teach these little punks that these crimes have serious consequences, it's pretty apparent that they aren't getting the message.

  • PawnStar
    February 27, 2014 - 08:45

    Get rid of the pawn shops...if they can't sell it there is no incentive to steal it. These shops should be charged every time for possession of stolen goods

    • w kennedy
      February 27, 2014 - 12:48

      I personally know of a couple of stolen things ending up in pawn that is in the process of opening new branch [third branch in Ch'town] Seem to like crack thieves close in area???

    • don d
      February 27, 2014 - 17:18

      Most Wanted is an awesome pawn shop, takes ID, records video 24 hours a day, signa legally binding paper work and every transaction is sent to the police every night automatically by email (which isn't a legal requirement enforced on them).

  • fed up
    February 27, 2014 - 08:26

    Quite a cat that Jarrod . Time for a benefit to help him out with his legal fees.

    • Street Sweeper
      February 27, 2014 - 13:57

      Lock up the whole family! The community should throw them out! Every time I see a dingding dingwell I will not be allowing them in to my store. Move to a crime ridden city like Detroit where you'll fit right in there slim.