Prolific Kelowna thief slapped with heavy sentence

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KELOWNA - A man who used a pry bar to steal bikes, jewelry, iPods, and other valuables over a 10-day spree will be staying in prison for quite a while.

Troy Maclennan, born in 1976, received a hefty sentence at the Kelowna courthouse on Feb. 22. Judge Lisa Wyatt passed down her decision after considering arguments made by Crown lawyer Miho Ogi-Harris and defense lawyer Michael Patterson on Feb. 21. Crown asked for a five-and-a-half year sentence while Patterson was hoping for just three years.

Maclennan's long list of charges began Jan. 17 and went to Jan. 27. Maclennan, sometimes with unidentified accomplices, broke into parkades to steal bikes and smash car windows. He would stuff bags with stolen items and flee the scene. He was also seen breaking into mailboxes. Police arrested Maclennan on Jan. 27 when they found him carrying a box full of stolen property after a citizen reported seeing him trying to break into vehicles on Ethel Street.

Judge Wyatt handed down multiple sentences for each crime. She gave a total of 700 days for the Jan. 27 incident, followed by 365 days for breaking into Society of Hope on Jan. 22. Maclennan received 49 days for breaking into a parkade on Jan. 26, along with a total of 485 days for breaking into mailboxes at a Durnin Road residence building. All these sentences total 1,599 days (well over four years), although it is not known which will be served consecutive or concurrent sentences.

Maclennan has been in prison since January 2018, which reduces the length of his sentence due to time served, although he's expected to remain in prison for several years.


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