ARRESTED: Donation Box Heist, Stolen Credit Card and More


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have once again arrested 40-year-old Nelson Camara. This time, allegations are that he is the suspect behind the Pet-Tastic donation box heist.
First, our previous article regarding the heist:
AUGUST 24th, 2019 – A small business in Thunder Bay has been the victim of a theft which saw the donation box to a dog rescue being stolen.
”Unfortunately donation jars at small businesses are becoming a thing of the past.” A Pet-Tastic spokesperson stated.

“Certain individuals, like the middle aged man pictured in this post, feel that it is ok to steal money…” they continued “Our donation jar for Paws for Love was stolen yesterday around 3:40pm”

“The jar was secured with Velcro to deter this from happening. The man was chatty and friendly, came back and fourth to the till a few times where he worked the Velcro loose.”

”He asked questions, had my staff show him products and even used the phone to discuss what product his “wife” needed. It’s unfortunate that he was able to distract my staff into thinking that he was a decent member of society, meanwhile he was able to steal the jar right under their noses.”
Video below:

UPDATE: Camara appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”). Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina Van Kessel and a duty counsel lawyer.
Camara is facing numerous charges and had 3 warrants out for his arrest which were all executed upon his arrest. Charges stemming from the Pet-Tastic heist on August 24th are:

  • Theft under $5000 (Donation jar).
  • Breaching probation order made on November 19th, 2018 (Keep the peace and be of good behaviour).

Two other incidents which involve fraud and a stolen credit card also racked up a few more charges for Camara. Those charges are:

  • Possession of a stolen credit card.
  • Fraud under $5000 x2
  • Breaching probation order made on November 19th, 2018 (Keep the peace and be of good behaviour).

Camara indicates that Gilbert Labine is his lawyer of choice. Labine is not in bail court at this present time.
The Crown tells the court that there are concerns regarding releasing Camara based on the secondary grounds. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that the accused will either re-offend or become a public safety concern should they be released. Further, court hears that the Crown intends to show the courts why Camara should remain in jail. Camara has numerous convictions for property offences and that he was on a conditional sentence order (house arrest) which collapsed due to a breach.
A request is put forward by the Crown that Camara be ordered not to contact or communicate with two separate people while he remains in jail.
Duty counsel requests that Camara return to court tomorrow to begin working out these matters. Camara is ordered to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, where he will have another swing at being released from jail. He is going to be shipped to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”).


2 Replies to “ARRESTED: Donation Box Heist, Stolen Credit Card and More”

  1. How low can even this slime bag go to steal petty change from a donation jar?
    This pathetic lowlife creep would do society a big favour if he tied a concrete block around his neck and threw himself into a deep swamp somewhere.

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