(THUNDER BAY, ON) – No stranger to the criminal justice system, 23-year-old Scott Randall Walford has found his way back behind bars after officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service allege to have arrested him in a stolen silver Honda. During the arrest, numerous stolen items were located that were taken from numerous vehicles during what is believed to have been a car-hopping expedition.
Walford has some recent history regarding car hopping, in which a knife was used to threaten a woman. Below is the police report on that previous incident that happened on April 23rd, 2019.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Sherrington Drive following reports of a robbery just after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22.
When police arrived they learned a woman had noticed a man going through vehicles in a nearby parking lot. The woman questioned the man about what he was doing, at which point the man left but returned with a knife and demanded the woman empty her pockets.
Less than 20 minutes later officers located a male matching the suspect’s description crawling underneath a vehicle in the Athens Drive area.
As a result of further investigation the male was identified and arrested.
Officers later learned the male was wanted by the Thunder Bay Police Service on other unrelated charges.
Scott Randall WALFORD, 22, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Robbery and Probation Order Non Compliance.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have once again arrested Walford for more car-hopping and theft related charges.
UPDATE: Sources indicate that a number of vehicles were broken into in the area of Glenoah Ave up to Whitegates. The male was arrested on Glenoah and police had his stolen vehicle towed away. More charges are expected to surface after police continue their investigation. Anyone who had their vehicle broken into in this area are urged to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service at 807-684-1200 and report the incident.
Walford appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) via video link from the TBPS station (A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”). He appeared in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill, Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up” Van Kessel and duty counsel lawyer Stewart.
Walford is facing the following new criminal charges:
- Theft under $5000 (various items stolen from various vehicles).
- Possession of a stolen motor vehicle (silver honda).
- Breaching bail condition (curfew 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- Breaching a probation order made on May 13, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breaching a probation order made on August 28th, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
Walford was already on bail and has outstanding charges stemming from a theft he is alleged to have orchestrated at the Sport Chek, located in the Intercity Shopping Centre. That charge of theft along with 3 additional breach of probation order charges are brought forth before the court today.
The Crown is stern in her position and tells the court that Walford is in a reverse-onus situation, meaning he will have to show the court why he should be released. Further, court hears that the Crown intends to show cause as to why Walford should remain in jail. There are primary and secondary ground concerns regarding releasing Walford back into the public, according to the Crown. Walford has a related and recent criminal record with similar charges.
Primary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that if Walford would be released, that he is unlikely to return for court. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes that there is a substantial likelhood that the accused would either become a public safety concern or re-offend should they be released.
Walford speaks to duty counsel in private for a few moments to discuss his options. Upon returning to court, duty counsel requests that Walford return to court on Thursday October 10th, 2019, for another chance at getting released from jail. His lawyer of choice will be informed about his situation and Walford appears hopeful that a bail plan will be ready by then that may allow him back into the public.
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Neill orders Walford to remain in jail until at least his next appearance in court. He is escorted back to his holding cell at Hotel Balmoral where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”) where he will likely remain until he is inevitably released.