Break and enter to commit theft and breaching bail conditions


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A man named Rae Dean Crane had appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning, after being arrested by the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Crane appeared in court via video while in police custody at the Balmoral police station (also known as Hotel Balmoral).


The Justice of the Peace presiding in bail court this morning was Bruce Leaman. He was working with Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and a duty counsel lawyer.

The Justice of the Peace tells the court that the allegations are Crane failed to report to the police station every Monday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, as ordered to in his previous bail conditions. This breach of bail conditions is alleged to have occurred on August 13th, 2018.

Crane’s new charge is:

  • Breaching bail conditions (report every Monday to the police station)

Crane has an existing charge already working through the justice system, in which he was already granted bail on. That charge is:

  • Break and enter to commit the indictable offence of theft (An address on Gorham Street)

It is also said in court that Crane had failed to appear in court to deal with the criminal matter, but it was not made clear if he has been charged with failing to attend that court date.

The Crown says that she has concerns surrounding the primary grounds, and on the secondary grounds, mainly the chance of Crane re-offending. Primary grounds indicate that the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to show up for their court dates is unlikely. Secondary grounds can mean the Crown believes the accused may either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice, or any combination of the three. In this case, the Crown has stated that they are mainly concerned with Crane re-offending.

Before the Crown can be content with a release form, she would need to hear an address he would be released to, and a bail plan, which has not been presented today. His last form of release had his address listed as “no fixed address”, and which ultimately he is alleged to have breached.

Duty counsel speaks to the accused in private, and on their return to the court room, requests the matter be remanded to tomorrow by video. This is is to give the accused a chance to apply for legal aid and to obtain legal counsel.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman orders Crane to remain in jail until at least his court appearance tomorrow, where he will have another chance at being released from custody.

Crane is walked back to this jail cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service station, where he waited to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail to wait for his next court appearance.

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