SUMMERSIDE — A rash of break-ins has resulted in a 90-day sentence for a 20-year-old city man.
Dillon Jared Pye was sentenced Tuesday in Summerside provincial court on three counts of break and enter, two possession of stolen property charges and a single theft charge.
The incidents took place over several months, with his last crime on Oct. 2, resulting in his arrest. On that date, he was pulled over by police driving a car stolen from Cedar Street. The car was returned, undamaged. Pye has been in jail since.
He was charged in connection with a break-in at Travellers Rest Mini Homes on March 19 where 35 trailers were entered and items, including two flat screen televisions, were taken, and with vehicle break-in on April 15, where three trucks were entered and three radios stolen.
One of the radios, which had been pawned, has since been recovered.
Pye was also charged in connection with the theft of two bicycles, valued at $700, which also occurred in April; another crime, where a welder, welding cart and another expensive tool were stolen; and a break-in at a trailer sometime between March 17 and April 14 at Pine Acres where speakers were stolen.
Pye had a related, but not extensive, record.
“This activity was a significant leap forward or backward, depending on your perspective,” his lawyer Trish Cheverie told the court.
She said the crimes were fuelled by Pye’s drug addiction. Since his arrest on Oct. 2, he has been clean and, said Cheverie, healthy, gaining 16 pounds.
Cheverie asked that Pye be credited with time served.
Judge Jeff Lantz agreed, crediting Pye with 30 days, reducing his sentence to 60 days behind bars.
Once his time is served, Pye will be on probation for 24 months, during which time be must pay, along with his co-accused, who is currently serving an eight-month sentence, $300 restitution for the a stolen TV from Travellers Rest Mini Homes, $600 to replace to the second TV and for repairs, $358 for the two stolen radios that weren’t recovered, $700 for the stolen bikes, $827 for the welder and the other tool, which were not recovered, and $10 to a city pawnshop. The welding cart was recovered undamaged.
He must undergo assessment counselling and treatment for his drug addiction, stay away from the victimized individuals and businesses and stay away from the co-accused.