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Vernon robbery spree nets accused nearly three months

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December 13, 2018 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - A Vernon man was sentenced to almost three months in prison for a robbery spree in the area last summer.

Bradley Parke, born in 1980, appeared in Vernon Provincial Court via video today, Dec. 13, for a sentencing hearing. Parke had already pled guilty to a string of robbery, theft under $5,000, and breach of probation order charges stemming from a crime spree in August of this year.

"I've never done an act like this in my life," Parke said.

The Crown detailed the agree-upon facts of the case.

At 1:10 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2018, video surveillance showed Parke stealing an undisclosed amount of money from a store till on 27 Street in Vernon. Around 3:30 a.m., further surveillance footage showed Parke robbing another till at an Esso station in town. Parke traveled to a Subway on 25 Avenue, where he once again robbed a till. He robbed a till at Happy Days food store, getting into a scuffle with a female employee and lightly cutting her wrist. Security footage showed Parke robbing a woman for $80 at an ATM at 9:49 a.m., capping off his spree.

On Aug. 9, police received a tip about Parke's location in a motel. They found him and placed him under arrest without incident. He confessed his guilt to the robberies.

Parke admitted to struggling with a crack cocaine addiction, which fuelled his spree. He's been sober off and on for years.

Crown and defense submitted a joint submission asking for nine months in prison for all charges. The low-end scale of the robberies and Parke's prompt admission of guilt were mitigating factors. Judge Jeremy Guild subtracted 189 days for time served from the sentence, resulting in an 81-day sentence. Parke will also face a two-year probation after his time in prison.

"I'm committed to paying the money back," Parke said.

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