(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service investigated a “Gas and Dash” that the Superstore Gas Bar fell victim to in early June. Once police knew who their suspect was, they issued a warrant for the arrest of 50-year-old Jeff Miller on June 7th.
Police have made the arrest and held Jeff Miller for bail court this morning. He appeared in court by video from the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (Hotel Balmoral). Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill and Crown Attorney VanKessel were working bail this morning.
Jeff Miller declined help from duty counsel, it seemed he doubted that they could help him. I’m guessing he made the choice to wait for his lawyers input.
Miller was charged with the following charges:
- Theft of gas under $5000.
- Failing to comply with probation.
The Crown tells the court that Miller is in a reverse-onus situation and that the Crown intends to show the courts why he should remain in jail. A reverse-onus situation means that Miller will have to show the court why he should be released.
Further, the Crown expresses concerns on the primary and secondary grounds regarding the release of Miller. Primary ground concerns tells us the Crown doesn’t think its likely for Miller to return to court, should he be released. Secondary ground concerns tell us that the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that Miller would either reoffend or become a public safety concern, should he be released.
Miller agrees to a remand until tomorrow to give him time to contact a lawyer of his choice. He is escorted back to his cell at the TBPS station where he will sit and wait to be transported to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”. He will remain in the district jail and appear in court from there by video tomorrow.