Kentville man fined in connection to bunny thefts

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Kentville Justice Centre

A Kentville man charged in relation to the theft of baby bunny rabbits from Hennigar’s Farm Market in Greenwich last summer has been fined.

Colton Christopher Robert Young, 23, of Kentville, pleaded guilty April 14 to a charge of possessing stolen property valued at less than $5,000, bunny rabbits, in Kentville on Sept. 4, 2013. Young was fined a total of $230.

A charge of willfully obstructing a peace officer engaged in the execution of his duty during an investigation into the theft by giving false information about the whereabouts of the rabbits was withdrawn.

There were two baby rabbits stolen from the pen in the farm market’s petting zoo on Aug. 26, 2013. There were two more rabbits taken from the pen two days later. According to a news release issued by the RCMP last September, following the arrests of a 22-year-old Kentville man and a 19-year-old Kentville woman, police recovered two deceased baby rabbits from an apartment building parking lot.

The case of the Kentville woman charged in connection with the thefts has gone to adult diversion. Tessa Lee Davidson pleaded guilty to a charge of theft under $5,000 in November. The Crown decided not to proceed with a second charge, possession of stolen property obtained by crime.

Information from the Department of Justice website indicates that when a person 18 years or older in Nova Scotia commits a minor criminal offence, the adult diversion program offers a post-charge alternative to a court proceeding. The offender must accept responsibility for his or her actions and is made aware of the harm suffered by the victim. Both the victim and the offender are offered an opportunity to resolve the situation in a fair and equitable manner.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Justice

Geographic location: Kentville, Greenwich, Nova Scotia

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