Lumby man enters guilty pleas in connection with robbery

Lumby man enters guilty pleas in connection with robbery

Lone female employee at convenience store held at knife point

A Lumby man arrested in connection with a robbery at a village convenience store has entered guilty pleas to three counts.

Thomas Antoine August Belanger, born in 1981, pleaded guilty in Vernon Provincial Court Monday to counts of robbery, unlawful confinement and uttering threats.

He will remain in custody with sentencing slated for Feb. 7.

On April 24, a female clerk of the Mac’s Convenience Store was held at knife point after a lone man entered the store shortly after 1 a.m.

The man locked the door leading outside and held a knife to the employee, forcing her to sit on the floor behind the till.

An undisclosed amount of cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes were stolen.

More than a week later, two men, including Belanger, were arrested.

The other accused’s matters on the case are still before the courts.

Keegan Riley Reed, born in 1995, is to stand trial in March on counts of robbery, unlawful confinement, uttering threats, being an accessory after the fact and breach of an undertaking.

WorkSafe B.C., at the time of the incident, found the store to be in contravention of a couple of items under Occupational Health and Safety regulations.


Vernon Morning Star