Guilty pleas for incidents in two provinces

A Shuswap man was given slightly more than a month in jail for each of the 19 counts he pleaded guilty to in provincial court.

Jason Ross Cameron, 34, of Celista, entered guilty pleas in Salmon Arm Provincial Court Tuesday to the 19 counts stemming from incidents in Vernon, Salmon Arm and Alberta, and was sentenced to 21 months in jail.

Judge Edmond de Walle gave Cameron jail time on all of the counts, the highest being 21 months for a break-and-enter to commit an indictable offence charge, and ordered the counts be served concurrently.

Cameron was given one day in jail for a mischief charge out of Vernon. That charge stemmed from a stolen truck being backed into the front entrance of the Royal Bank’s branch at the Shops at Polson Park April 9, 2011.

Cameron and another suspect were caught by the bank’s surveillance cameras.

It’s believed the pair were trying to take the facility’s ATM machine.

The truck later damaged nearby businesses with a swinging chain after it fled the scene.

Cameron was part of a group of four people arrested near Salmon Arm two days later after the truck was stopped by RCMP using a spike belt following a short chase.

Cameron’s Salmon Arm offences included guilty pleas to two counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, break-and-enter with intent to committ an indictable offence, flight from a peace officer and one breach of conditions.

He also pleaded guilty to 13 counts of break-and-enter,  possession of stolen property and breaches from incidents in four Alberta communities.


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