(Dustin Godfrey/Western News file)

Penticton car theft matter adjoured, new charges added to case

Jesse William Shawcross is due back in court on Oct. 16

Car theft suspect Jesse William Shawcross appeared briefly in provincial court Oct. 2 in Penticton.

Shawcross, who is in custody, is facing more than a dozen charges alleged to have taken place on Sept. 24.

The charges include one count of possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of driving while prohibited, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of flight from police, one count of dangerous operation of a conveyance, one count of willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Appearing by video, Shawcross told the judicial case manager that his counsel Jordan Watt, who was absent Wednesday, had instructed him to have the matter put over for a couple of weeks.

The judicial case manager proceeded to inform Shawcross that he had new charges, including offences alleged to have occurred around Penticton on Sept. 24, 20 and 19.

On Sept. 24, Shawcross is also accused of driving a vehicle on a highway or industrial road knowing that he was prohibited from doing so.

On Sept. 20, he is accused of resisting or willfully obstructing a peace officer in the execution of their duties.

On Sept. 19, he is accused of committing an assault, carrying, using or carrying to use a weapon or an imitation weapon, breaking and entering into an apartment building at 151 Duncan Ave., and committing an indictable offence.

Asked if his lawyer Watt was aware of the new charges, Shawcross said “I’m just hearing about it for the first time.”

He is due back in court on Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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Court documents show that Shawcross allegedly stole two vehicles in Okanagan Falls and one vehicle in Oliver, and he has other charges alleged to have taken place in Penticton.

Shawcross’s criminal record dates back to 2003 where he was found guilty in a Kelowna court for theft of $5,000 or under. Since then, he’s appeared in court rooms across the Okanagan facing charges spanning from assault to possession of a controlled substance to break and enter of a dwelling.

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— With files from Jordyn Thomson


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