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Man involved with theft of $200,000 in property sentenced

One of two men caught napping after a $200,000 crime spree between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek in April has been sentenced in provincial court in Dawson Creek.
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Some of the items stolen from businesses, residences and vehicles between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek last spring.

One of two men caught napping after a $200,000 crime spree between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek in April has been sentenced in provincial court in Dawson Creek.

Michael Jeffery Ginter, 29, was sentenced to 360 days for possession of stolen property and break and enter charges on Nov. 16.

He also received two years of probation and was ordered to pay about $1,700 in restitution and about $1,400 in victim surcharges.

The court gave Ginter 314 days credit for time served before the trial.

Ginter was also ordered by the court to provide a DNA sample.

Both Ginter and his alleged accomplice Joseph Brandon Semple, 33, were found by police passed out behind the wheel of two different stolen vehicles, in two different locations in Dawson Creek on April 2.

Police believed the two men worked together, breaking into and stealing from multiple businesses, residences and vehicles along the highway between Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek.

Ginter was released after posting a $5,000 bail June 26, before standing trail.

Semple was denied bail in July.

Like Ginter, Semple was found asleep in the drivers seat of a stole pickup truck outside a business in Dawson Creek.

Semple refused to give police his name, and officers were only able to identify him after taking his fingerprints and obtaining a photo from another detachment.

According to Crown counsel, Semple has waived his charges to a Vancouver court.

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