Wednesday April 23, 2014





Drug-addicted grandfather gets five years for break-ins

'I was relieved to finally get caught and thrown in jail. It was a horrible way to live'

A string of break-and-enters fueled by a heroin addiction landed a 47-year-old grandfather a five-year jail sentence.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley sentenced Chadley Olson to four years in jail on six break-and-enters and another year for obstructing police by giving a false name.

The sentence came after a joint submission by defence lawyer Sheldon Tate and Crown lawyer Frank Caputo.

Olson's record includes 22 property offences and 17 convictions for failing to abide by court orders.

Caputo said the string of break-and-enters, beginning in Saskatoon in February, came while Olson was released on parole for other offences.

Following two break-and-enters in Saskatchewan, Olson committed four more in Kamloops. His target was unoccupied homes, jewelry and cash. But he was sloppy, cutting himself on windows and leaving a small amount of blood behind, allowing police to identify him through the national DNA registry for convicted criminals.

RCMP also used fingerprint evidence.

Caputo said RCMP discovered 99 items in a Columbia Street apartment where Olson was arrested, including jewelry and electronics.

Tate said Olson is father to five and grandfather to one. He is a construction worker and heavy-duty equipment operator who lost an eye in 2004.

Olson could no longer drive heavy equipment as a result and also became dependent on painkillers, Tate said. He then turned to heroin, becoming an addict.

Tate said Olson wants to go to jail to clean up and take a business degree.

"I can't explain how ashamed and sorry I am for what I've done to these people," Olson said on video from Mountain Institution where he was returned after his arrest while on parole.

"I was relieved to finally get caught and thrown in jail. It was a horrible way to live."

His criminal record began in 1985.


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