A P.E.I. man who was caught with stolen items that included tools, walkie talkies and a licence plate was sentenced recently to four months in jail.
Cameron Geoffrey Dobson, 27, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to charges that included theft and four counts of possession of stolen property.
Crown attorney Gerald Quinn told the court the RCMP responded to a complaint on Nov. 20, 2018, about someone sleeping in a car.
When they arrived, the police found a woman asleep in the driver’s seat and a backseat full of stolen items that belonged to a local business, Quinn said.
The woman told the police Dobson was responsible for the thefts.
Quinn said after the police arrested Dobson, they searched a bag and the vehicle, where they found items that were stolen from other victims.
Those stolen items included a wallet, three walkie talkies, a drill, a cheque and a licence plate.
The police also found six speed pills.
Quinn sought to have many of the recovered items forfeited because the police had no complaint about their theft and didn’t know who to return them to.
Defence lawyer Joel Wonnacott told the court Dobson has been battling addictions and says he is tired of living in the justice system.
Orr said it was good to hear Dobson was tired of being in court and jail.
Hopefully, he is so tired that when he gets out of jail, he will do something to deal with his addictions, Orr said.
In sentencing Dobson, Orr followed a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence.
She gave Dobson credit for time spent in custody before his sentencing, leaving him with 18 days on his sentence still to serve. Dobson will be on probation for two years after his release.
Before Dobson left the courtroom, Orr said she hoped she wouldn’t see him in the prisoners’ box again any time soon.
Dobson went a step further.
“Hopefully never again,” he said