A man arrested as part of a mass theft and break-in investigation last year pleaded guilty for his role in the crime earlier this week in a Bracebridge courtroom.
Appearing virtually, Justin Robitialle, 36, of Tiny Township, admitted that he was in possession of an ATV he knew was obtained unlawfully.
In June of 2020, Robitialle was arrested and charged in an investigation into 16 separate reported thefts and break-ins, mostly in Muskoka and Simcoe County but also in the Greater Toronto Area.
As part of that investigation, Jason Hoolans, 46, from Penetanguishene was also arrested on more than 50 charges in total, including 11 counts of theft over $5,000, six counts of breaking and entering and eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
While the court heard that Robitialle did not take part in the actual thefts, Crown Attorney Lyndsay Jeanes said he was knowingly contributing to the scourge of this type of theft on society. She said rarely a day goes by when you don’t hear about a trailer, boat or ATV being stolen in Muskoka.
Robitaille was sentenced to three-months house arrest conditional sentence to be followed by 12 months probation.
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