A young man with a long history of theft said in provincial court on Friday that he was going to get his life back on track.
Bradley Paul Miller, 29, pleaded guilty to a string of charges involving theft and breach of probation.
Through the spring and summer of 2013, Miller was involved in a number of thefts. One involved filling a vehicle and several jerry cans with $155 worth of fuel from an Esso station on Topsail Road in St. John’s and leaving without paying for it.
On two occasions at two separate communications stores, Miller stole an iPhone 5 from a display case. Miller also had several instances of failure to show up to court during this period.
Then in the winter of 2014, he took a stack of cheques and a cash box from a chiropractic business on Allandale Road in St. John’s. The value of the cheques, though all were cancelled, was $4,500 and the cash box contained $350 - $500.
Miller hid his face from cameras as he was brought in and out of the courtroom. When he addressed Judge Colin Flynn, he said he was sorry for what he had done. He also said he only has 300 hours left to work before moving on to the next stage of his electrical trade and he’s anxious to get back to work.
Flynn said that Miller’s priors aside, there seemed to be a concentrated time in the spring and summer of 2013 where his criminal activity escalated, after which there was a break before the single incident in the winter of 2014 with the chiropractic business. He sentenced Miller to 225 days, but credited him the 181 he had been in custody, meaning Miller only has 44 days left to serve.
When released, he will be on probation for two years.
Flynn also ordered Miller to pay $700 each for the two phones, which he no longer had, and the remaining bill on the gas he stole, some of which had already been paid.
He was also ordered to stay away from any business he stole from.
Miller faces several other charges that weren’t dealt with on Friday for the possession of stolen goods.
There’s also charges of fraud — one for defrauding the Royal Bank of Canada — breaches of probation and being unlawfully at large. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges and several court dates have been set in the fall to deal with those issues.