Break and enter spree ends in Kamloops, lands man five years in jail

KAMLOOPS - Ninety-nine problems have sent a 47-year-old man to jail for five years. Chadley Olson, 47, was sentenced today in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops after pleading guilty to multiple break and enter charges in both Kamloops and Saskatoon earlier this year.

"Mr. Olson was on quite a crime spree here," said Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo.

He was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant when he was caught in Kamloops with stolen property at an apartment on Columbia Street.

"Largely the contents were jewellery, primarily gold, also some small electronics," said Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo. "There are from my count here 99 pieces of stolen property."

B.C. Supreme Court justice Dev Dley heard Olson gained access to homes through windows. Defence lawyer Sheldon Tate said Olson had 'slipped up' after trying to kick a heroine habit. Tate said Olson worked construction before losing an eye in an accident.

"He lacked the depth perception," Tate said, adding he became dependent on pain killers and ultimately heroine.

Tate called the break and enters 'unsophisticated' and byproduct of his drug addiction.

"He would not break into houses when people were there," he said.

Olson told Dley he was relieved when he was caught by police.

"I was actually releived to finally get caught," Olson said.

"There's absolutely no excuse for my actions," he said. "I'm glad to finally begin to put this behind me."

Olson has a criminal record dating back to 1985 with 22 prior convictions for property-related crimes and 17 convictions for failing to abide by court orders. Dley accepted a joint submission of five years and ordered the belongings be returned to their rightful owners.

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