He was eating ice cream sandwich taken during break-in when officers arrested him
When Greater Sudbury Police officers responded to a report of an overnight break-in at Lockerby Confectionery last October, they had a description of the thief and the clothing he was wearing thanks to some witnesses.
They found a man matching the description walking down Paris Street eating one of the items taken in the break-in: an ice cream sandwich.
Roy Southwind also had an unopened ice cream sandwich and used wrappers on him, matching the ones stolen in the break-in. A concealed tub of Chapman’s ice cream was also recovered.
On Wednesday, Southwind, 29, pleaded guilty to break, enter and theft concerning the Oct.28 break-in, as well as six other offences, including several no shows in court, several instances of failing to check in with police weekly and hydromorphone possession.
As defence lawyer Alex Toffoli ordered both a pre-sentence report and a Gladue report, a sentencing date will be set March 11. A Gladue report assists a judge with sentencing options for people of First Nation heritage.
Southwind, of no fixed address, is out on bail.
The Crown has indicated it will be seeking a jail term for Southwind who has a prior criminal record.
The court heard a rock was used to smash a pane of glass at Lockerby Confectionery on Paris Street shortly after midnight Oct. 28. Several ice cream sandwiches, along with a tub of ice cream, were taken by a lone man who fled on foot.
Several people, though, saw the break-in and gave a description of the man and his clothing to Greater Sudbury Police officers.
Shortly after, investigating officers arrested Southwind who was walking on Paris Street and eating an ice cream sandwich.
On numerous occasions in the spring and summer of 2019, Southwind failed to attend court or check in weekly at police headquarters and warrants were issued for his arrest.
On Nov. 29, police received a call about a man causing a disturbance at Delta Gaming and Bingo on Notre Dame Avenue. The caller indicated the man claimed he was a “child of God” and had left.
Not long after, officers arrested a man matching the description — Southwind — in the area.
Southwind indicated he had taken fentanyl earlier in the day. He was found in possession of one hydromorphone tablet.