(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 31-year-old Albert John Williams has been arrested and charged after allegations were made against him for being responsible for two brazen heists that took place in the city recently.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have been investigating two separate incidents where a suspect made off with products from retails stores without paying. The first heist took place at the Memorial Ave Shoppers Drug Mart on October 14th, 2019, the second happened at the Real Canadian Superstore on November 10th, 2019. Williams is also facing allegations of obstructing police during his arrest at the Real Canadian Superstore.
To make things worse for Williams today, he is currently wanted on a sexual assault charge from 2008. It is not made clear in court where the sexual assault charge is based out of.
Williams was arrested by officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service and detained for court. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom on November 11th, 2019 via video link from the Balmoral police station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and although there was two duty counsel lawyers present, Williams appeared to decline their help.
Williams is facing the following charges:
- Theft under $5000 x2.
- Obstruct police.
- Breaching probation.
The Crown tells the courts that Williams was released on a recognizance bail plan earlier and that they are not consenting to his release today. There are primary and secondary ground concerns regarding his release. Primary ground concerns means that the Crown believes there is a substantial risk of Williams to not return to court, should he be released. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes Williams is likely to re-offend, become a public safety concern or both, should he be released.
Williams has a lengthy criminal record which includes numerous “fail to appear for court” charges and “failing to comply with court orders”. The Crown states they would consider his release if he had a supervision plan presented to them.
Court hears that Williams has substantial substance abuse issues. It is likely this is what is driving his theftive behaviour. Further, Williams refuses duty counsels help but asks for a few days remand to get in touch with a lawyer of his choosing. This is granted and Williams is ordered to remain in jail until at least his next scheduled court date on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019.