(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Around 11:00 am on October 14th staff at the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1186 Memorial Ave called police to report a theft in progress. A male suspect was stealing Xbox games.
Police apprehended the suspect and it is alleged the suspect provided a false name upon being questioned by officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service. Police conducted an investigation which resulted in the proper identifcation of the suspect.
As a result of investigation, 31-year-old Albert John Williams was charged with the following:
- Theft under $5000.
- Obstruct police (false name).
Williams has had a warrant out for his arrest since December of 2018. It is alleged he failed to appear in court regarding a breach of probation charge.
He appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station. Presiding over court this morning was His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio. Crown Attorney Rob Kozak and duty counsel representative Joy Wakefield were also present.
The Crown Attorney recommends release of Williams on the following conditions:
- Not attend Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1186 Memorial Ave.
- Report any change of address to police within 24 hours.
Williams accepts the terms and refuses assistance from duty counsel. Joy Wakefield appears to press for a private discussion with Williams. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman allows the conversation to take place.
Upon returning from the private discussion, duty counsel representative Joy Wakefield appears to not produce much from that conversation. Williams is ordered released from jail and is scheduled to return to court on Friday, October 18th, 2019 to begin answering to the charges.