(THUNDER BAY, ON) –An Oshawa-born 41-year-old Loren Troy Menzies appeared in a Judge’s court today while in custody to enter a guilty plea to the following criminal charges:
- Theft under $5000 x2
- Resisting arrest
Her Honour, Justice Burton is presiding, along with Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore.
Menzies is read his charges and asked if he pleads guilty or not guilty, he pleads guilty to all 3 charges. His defence lawyer, Michael Hargadon is standing next to the prisoner’s box, which contains only Menzies.
August 15th, 2018 around 10:00 pm the Thunder Bay Police Service received an online report from the manager of the LCBO at 1095 Arthur Street West regarding a theft.
Two males had entered the store, one known to the manager as Troy Menzies. Menzies had placed a 1.75 litres of Smirnoff Vodka valued around 66$ in his jacket.
Menzies left the store without paying. When he was asked to return, he fleed the scene. The store had video surveillance of the theft, which was provided to police.
Police made a positive ID on Menzies through that video and photos on file.
November 14th, 2018 Loss prevention officers at the Wal-Mart located on 1020 Dawson Road noticed Menzies had come in and out of the store several times during the day but had not taken anything.
Around 4:25 pm Menzies was in the jewelry department of the Wal-Mart, and had put some watches and bracelets into the left side of his jacket. Loss prevention officers continued to surveil him and observed him exit the store, walking past all points of sale.
Menzies exited into the mall, where loss prevention officers confronted him in the hallway. Officers informed him that he was under arrest and that he needed to come with them. Menzies then dropped the merchandise and then took a couple swings at the officers with a closed fist. Menzies missed all punches.
Menzies attempted to flee the area as the loss prevention officers phoned the police. Officers followed Menzies outside, and eventually, he agreed to return to the mall.
Defence counsel Hargadon states that Menzies doesn’t admit to the punches, but does admit to resisting arrest. Further, Hargadon admits the facts are “substantially correct”
The Wal-Mart heist has an estimated value of around $39.
The Crown Attorney submits Menzies lengthy criminal record with about 14 related offences.
Menzies admits that he has been wrapped in addiction since his early 20’s, mainly surrounding alcohol.
The proposed jail time suggested for these offences is 60 days, along with a 1-year probationary period afterwards that would see him prohibited from entering all LCBO’s and Wal-Mart’s in Thunder Bay. He would have 42 days left to serve after today.
Justice Burton begins to address Menzies directly, and tells him that “it’s bad enough to be a thief, but you’re just making it worse for yourself if you resist arrest”.
Her Honour further tells him that he is employable, and not a write-off. She urges him to turn his life around and tells him that he can do better. Furthermore, she tells him that if he continues to break the law, he will be going to jail from now on.
Justice Burton tells him that she is not going to put any rehabilitory conditions on his probation order, as he is old enough, and has been on probation many times, without any approval. She tells him that if he wants to turn his life around, he knows how to access the programs and people that will help him. She tells him that there are many people out there who want to help him.
Justice Burton grants the joint submission, and sets out his probation order with the following conditions:
- Keep the peace and be of good behaviour
- Appear before the court when required to do so
- Notify the court or probation officer of any change of name/address/employment
- Report to probation within 2 days of being released
- Not attend any LCBO’s in Thunder Bay
- Not attend any LCBO’s in Thunder Bay
Menzies is escorted back into the basement of the courthouse, into his jail cell. He will wait there until the prisoner transport vehicle picks him up and brings him back to jail to complete his sentence.
HISTORY ON MENZIES
A 2007 incident in Weagamow Lake First Nation where Menzies was charged with several serious criminal code offences had some light shed on it by Sioux Lookout OPP.
It was a Saturday afternoon when officers were confronted by a then 30-year-old Loren Troy Menzies.
An altercation ensued and one of the police officers shot his gun. Police then took Menzies into custody and he was treated for a minor injury.
Menzies was charged with:
- Assault with a weapon
- Assaulting a police officer
- Possessing weapons dangerous to the public peace