May 21, 2015 - 2:27 PM
KAMLOOPS - After breaking and entering two separate residential garages last year, a babysitter will serve his four-month sentence in the community rather than jail.
Adam James Thomas McMillan pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the Aberdeen homes last October.
Crown prosecutor Camille Cook said the owner of the first house noticed items were moved in his garage, food was missing and the refrigerator bulb was removed from its socket. The thief took tool sets, a sander and a saw.
Seven days later, a second resident found his garage in disarray and $10,000 worth of guns missing.
Cook said police matched fingerprints from both crime scenes and began looking for McMillan. He later turned himself in.
Crown alleges there was someone else who carried out the crimes with the accused based on additional fingerprints found on the gun case.
McMillan’s lawyer Don Campbell said his client admits he was at the scene, but did not steal the guns.
“He tells me that he was significantly under the influence of alcohol,” Campbell said. He added McMillan, who lived in Riverside Park at the time, broke into the properties in search of food.
Kamloops Provincial Court Judge Stephen Harrison handed McMillan a four-month conditional sentence order with a one-year probation due to his lack of criminal record and steady employment as a babysitter.
"If you mess up on the conditional sentence order, you run the very real risk that you will spend the rest of your sentence in jail,” Harrison said.
McMillan was ordered to abstain from alcohol and drugs and remain available for curfew checks. He is not permitted to own a weapon until the end of his sentence.
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