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PICTOU – A provincial court judge encouraged a West River teen to keep on the straight and narrow during two months of house arrest so he can get on with his life.
Christopher Lucas Cameron, 19, was sentenced to 60 days of house arrest by Pictou Provincial Court Judge Del Atwood for “car surfing” with another person on July 14, 2013.
New Glasgow Regional Police Service received a call around 11:40 p.m. from a resident on Pine Street saying that someone was lurking around the neighbour’s vehicle with a flashlight.
When police arrived, they apprehended Cameron who confessed that his role was to hold the bag while Paul Majcan went through the vehicles looking for valuables.
Police found a white iPod in the pocket of his shorts that matched some of the items reported missing from the vehicles. Other items found on the men included cellphones, GPS and flashlights.
During his sentencing Wednesday, Cameron apologized to the court for his actions that night and it was noted he is concentrating on his last year of high school.
Crown attorney Andrew O’Blenis told the court that the accused owned up to his wrongdoings early and this would be his first criminal conviction as an adult.
He suggested a sentence of probation and community service, but Judge Del Atwood felt a stronger message of denunciation had to be sent to the public regarding these crimes.
Cameron’s co-accused, Majcan, was sentenced to six months’ house arrest for his part in offence, but Atwood noted that Majcan had been the one who actually entered the cars and caused some damage to property.
He said Cameron didn’t damage any of the vehicles, yet this type of crime is getting more common in the county.
“People who leave their cars curbside or in their driveways have a reasonable expectation to find their vehicles intact the next morning and exactly where they left them,” he said.
Atwood sentenced Cameron to 30 days for each charge of thefts from vehicles in addition to a $100 victim surcharge.
“You made an extremely poor choice of associates and a poor choice of action,” he said. “Getting house arrest is your ticket to success. It can open all kinds of doors. You do your best over the next 60 days to make sure your doors remain open.”