(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On August 27th, 2019, the LCBO located in the Thunder Centre, 969 Fort William Road, was victimized by a thief who made off with some alcohol. On October 7th, 2019 the LCBO located at 1010 Dawson Road was also victimized by the same thief who made off with some alcohol.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service investigated the two incidents and determined the same mastermind was behind the heists. As a result of this investation, 40-year-old Bernie Moonias-Wabasse has been arrested and charged regarding these incidents. Moonias-Wabasse was held in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”) pending his court appearance this morning.
He appeared in court via video link from the TBPS station this morning in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill, Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up!” Van Kessel and duty counsel lawyer Stewart. His charges are as follows:
- Theft under $5000.
- Breaching a probation order made on June 24th 2019 (not to attend any LCBO locations in Thunder Bay).
- Theft under $5000.
- Breaching a probation order made on June 24th, 2019 (not to attend any LCBO locations in Thunder Bay).
The Crown tells the court that the accused is in a Crown-onus situation, which means the Crown will have to show the courts why he should be held in jail. Further, court hears from the Crown that they intend to show the courts why he should remain in jail and cites secondary ground concerns surrounding his potential release. Secondary ground concerns means the Crown believes the accused is likely to become a public safety concern or re-offend should he be released.
Court hears from the Crown that Moonias-Wabasse is “well known to this court” for previous theft convictions as well as crimes involving violence. The Crown states that she cannot release Moonias-Wabasse with confidence at this time.
Duty counsel informs the court that they will inform Moonias-Wabasse’s lawyer of choice about his situation and requests that he appear in court again tomorrow. Duty counsel then speaks to the accused in private and upon returning to court, requests that his court appearance tomorrow be scheduled as a bail hearing.
The Justice of the Peace orders Moonias-Wabasse to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, when he is scheduled to appear in bail court for another attempt at getting releaed from jail. He will be transported to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”) where he will remain at least until his bail hearing tomorrow.