By Peggy Revell
Southern Alberta Newspapers
A 26-month federal prison sentence was handed down last week to a man involved in vehicle theft and property crime spree that spanned across the region.
Brian Joseph Furet, 26, entered guilty pleas in the Brooks Court on Nov. 23 to charges of mischief of property, possessing stolen property, possessing break-in instruments, seven counts of motor vehicle theft, two counts of break and enter, theft over $5,000, break and enter with intent and two counts of assault of a peace officer and assault.
Furet was arrested by Redcliff RCMP following an Oct. 20 incident when he was the passenger in a vehicle police were attempting to stop, based on belief he and his female driver were involved with numerous break and enters.
The driver, 22-year-old Jordan Enns, attempted to evade police and ultimately lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a large tree stump.
Further investigation by Brooks RCMP after the arrest led to numerous charges for crimes that took place in Brooks and surrounding rural area. This includes stealing several vehicles, stealing firearms, and breaking into other vehicles. In one case, a vehicle was taken into a field and set on fire.
Enns remains in custody, having been denied bail. No pleas have been entered yet, as Enns said at her last appearance she was looking to find counsel through Legal Aid.
Prior to her arrest, Enns had been released on bail for an August incident where she was the passenger in a vehicle that fled from the Redcliff RCMP along the Trans-Canada Highway. A failure to appear for a court date meant there had been a warrant issued for her.
Enns’ Brooks-based matters will now return to the Brooks courthouse to be dealt with, while her Redcliff-based matters will be before the Medicine Hat court Dec. 20.
Furet was also sentenced for separate charges, including five days in custody for a Jan. 2016 offence where he rummaged through a vehicle not owned by him. He was also sentenced to three months consecutively for a Feb. 2016 offence where he attempted to steal a dirt bike from a business, resisted being arrested by police, attempted to bite a paramedic and spit blood on EMS personnel.
Furet was given credit for 42 days of pretrial custody.