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Thursday , 1 October 2020

Desjarlais-Janvier Sentenced in String of ATM Thefts

Jarrid Bryce Desjarlais-Janvier has been sentenced for his involvement in a string of thefts that struck the Lakeland and Midwest in early 2014. The thefts included breaking into businesses, by driving stolen vehicles through the buildings. The businesses targeted had portable ATM machines that were either forced open to steal the money or the machines were taken from the business all together.

Desjarlais-Janvier, of Cold Lake First Nations, was arrested March 27, 2014  with seven counts of break and enter, five counts of possession of stolen property and one count of flight from peace officer.  There were two youths arrested at the same time as Desjarlais-Janvier, however word on their sentencing or release has not been disclosed at this time. 

Desjarlais-Janvier was sentenced to 18 months custody, as well as, ordered to pay restitution of $25,000

Background 

On March 27, 2014, RCMP charged Jarrid Bryce Desjarlais-Janvier, age 19 of Cold Lake First Nation, with seven counts of break and enter, five counts of possession of stolen property and one count of flight from peace officer.

The extended investigation began on January 10, 2014 after the Grande Square Cinema in Cold Lake was broken into and an attempt to force open the ATM was made. This was the beginning of a series of commercial break and enters and vehicle thefts across Northeastern Alberta.

Businesses located in Cold Lake, Cold Lake First Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Lloydminster, Marwayne, Glendon, St. Paul and Lac La Biche had been broken into between January 10, 2014 and February 7, 2014. In most instances the ATM was targeted and in some, removed all together. The cash value loss from the ATM’s is estimated at $20,000.

At least five vehicles were stolen and used to commit these break and enters. Often the vehicles were driven into the buildings to gain access. The vehicles theft occurred in Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Glendon and St Paul.

An 18 year old male from Cold Lake First Nation is charged with three counts of break and enter and one count of possession of stolen property. The offences occurred when he was a youth and his name will not be released.

A 14 year old male from the Cold Lake area has also been charged with four counts of break and enter, three counts of possession of stolen property, four counts of breach of undertaking and one count of flight from peace officer.

*Background information was provided via Alberta Police Report 

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