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Surrey man sentenced to jail for thefts of mail and RV in Kelowna

March 28, 2018 - 12:22 PM

KELOWNA – A Surrey man will spend a year in jail for a string of mail thefts and being caught in a stolen RV two years ago.

Julian Hoekstra, 44, born and raised in Surrey, pleaded guilty to essentially the same charges as his co-accused Kristina Michelle Anderson, who was sentenced to jail last week. She was inside the $37,000 RV near Peachland when RCMP arrived in December 2016. Hoekstra was outside burning mail in a campfire.

Warrants were out for their arrest for a previous theft of mail from the Summerland area in June 2017.

Anderson's defence lawyer Colby Johnson described the couple as a type of “Bonnie and Clyde”, a reference to the bank robbing couple from the Great Depression.

“The two of them together had been up to no good,” Johnson said in Kelowna Provincial Court March 20.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of mail theft, one count of theft over $5,000 for the stolen RV and one count of using a stolen credit card.

Judge Gale Sinclair sentenced Hoekstra to one year in jail followed by a year of probation. His criminal record includes a sentence of 60 days for a prior theft of mail he committed in November 2015.

“Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander,” Sinclair said.


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