A 40-year-old Collingwood man entered a guilty plea Apr. 14 to the offence of theft under $5,000, receiving a suspended sentence as 12 months on probation.
Craig Fawcett was also ordered to pay $200 restitution to the victim within seven days. Crown attorney Paul Billington told the court that on Dec. 22, 2008, Collingwood officers were called by the Meridian Credit Union on Ste. Marie Street about a customer’s stolen wallet. The complainant allegedly "set the wallet down while doing business" before Fawcett snatched and and concealed it . Examination of the bank’s video surveillance ultimately showed the accused wearing a blue ski jacket as he committed the crime.
"Did he get away with the wallet?" asked Mr. Justice Roland Harris.
"Yes", replied the Crown.
"Did the victim get any of it back?"
"Not yet," said the prosecutor.
Fawcett can’t be near the Credit Union or the victim, and he was ordered to write a letter of apology to the latter within the week.