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Man admits to stealing $10,000 worth of weed

It was stolen from a McDonald Avenue dispensary
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The front desk of Temple Medicinal is pictured in this May, 2017 file photo. Jeff Klassen/SooToday
Tyler Vary admitted Monday that he was one of two armed men who made off with $10,000 worth of medical marijuana in a heist last summer at a local pot dispensary.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery with intimidation for the theft from the MacDonald Avenue cannabis shop on July 25.

Vary, who is in custody, will be back in court June 4 for sentencing.

Ontario Court Justice Melanie Dunn heard two men, armed with a crowbar and a tire iron, entered the Temple Medicinal marijuana dispensary at 6:45 p.m..

Their faces were covered, and they banged the crowbar and tire iron on a counter as they forced an employee to put approximately three pounds of marijuana in a bag, prosecutor Robert Skeggs said.

The pair fled in a vehicle and the licence plate was noted.

"The entire robbery and the flight in the car was caught on video," the assistant Crown attorney told the court.

The police investigation discovered that Vary was one of the people involved in the robbery.

At the request of defence counsel Lindsay Marshall, a pre-sentence report will be prepared for her client's next court appearance.

Vary was arrested on Aug. 9 on outstanding warrants for multiple offences, including numerous theft and firearm charges.

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About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 35 years.
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