Robbery Suspect Makes Bail – Brett Carlson


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – 23-year-old Brett Carlson, a suspect in numerous crimes exercised his right to a bail hearing on December 9th, 2019 in courtroom 304.

Carlson is facing an armed robbery charge stemming from an incident at the Circle-K located at 1315 Arthur Street East in Thunder Bay. Allegations are that he stole from the store while armed with a knife on April 11th, 2019. Further, he is also charged with theft of a motor vehicle stemming from a June 30th, 2019 incident.


Further, he is also facing a charge of having a stolen CIBC credit card during the month of June. Also, on June 21st, 2019, he is facing a theft charge for allegations that he stole a Nintendo Switch from the south side, small local business Westfort Pawn.


His bail hearing resulted in his release back into the public domain. The hearing concluded with him being put on a $3000 non-deposit recognizance bail plan with a surety. His release conditions are:

  • Reside with his surety in the 2100 block of Highway 595 in Neebing, Ontario.
  • Be amendable to the rules and discipline of your surety.
  • Remain in your residence at all times except for attending residential treatment, medical emergencies or in the company of your surety.
  • Present yourself at the door when requested by police for curfew checks.
  • Do not contact or communicate in any way either directly or indirectly, by any physical, electronic or other means with 3 people.
  • Do not possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Do not possess or consume any unlawful drugs or substances banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act unless with a prescription in your name.
  • Do not attend Westfort Pawn, any Circle K stores, or Shoppers Drug Mart located at 900 Arthur Street.

Carlson is scheduled to return to the Thunder Bay Courthouse in early 2020 to continue answering to the charges that have been laid upon him.


HISTORY article dated July 14th, 2019

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A late June theft of a Nintendo Switch from a south side pawn shop has left the business out of product and an alleged thief behind bars. The video of the incident is lower down in this article.

23-year-old Brett Carlson was arrested by the Thunder Bay Police Service and was held for bail court which commenced this morning. He appeared by video from the police station on Balmoral and was in front of Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill. Crown Attorney Pasloski was also present along with a duty counsel lawyer.

Carlson was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft under $5000 (Westfort Pawn) June 21.
  • Possession of a stolen credit card. June 9th.
  • Circle K Robbery with a knife on April 11th.
  • Possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Operating a vehicle while having over 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Carlson was denied bail this morning and is scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay bail court on Monday. He will sit in the overcrowded Thunder Bay District Jail until at least then.


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A south side pawn shop is rattled after some scumbag lifted some product from their premises.

Westfort Pawn stated in a Facebook post that the man in the photo is believed to have stolen a Nintendo Switch from the store.

Theft is a major issue for small businesses in Thunder Bay and across the nation. As our city is in the midst of an opioid and crack epidemic, the outlook looks bleak once meth becomes more prominent. Meth has been sweeping the prairie provinces, and its headed east. Meth is already in Thunder Bay in large amounts. It is only  matter of time before meth-fueled thefts become common place. Meth is one of the worst drugs that drives addicts to theft and much worse activities to supply their habit.

Theft is often a result of “drug-seeking” behaviour exhibited by people that have lost control of their habits/addiction.

Theft hurts small business owners, it causes them to have to raise prices to cover their loss or close down their store because it is no longer viable.


Westfort Pawn is asking the public to identify this suspect.


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