Prolific offender who called in bomb threat to Kamloops school gets 90 days for breaching curfew

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A young prolific offender who dew the ire of Dallas residents will return to the community with a second chance after being handed a 90-day jail sentence.

Provincial court judge Roy Dickey handed down the sentence to Colby Adamson, who pleaded guilty to three curfew breaches of his probation, during which he was spotted breaking into vehicles in December and January.

Court heard the 19-year-old, who is the youngest of 22 people on the Kamloops RCMP’s prolific offenders list, has accumulated a number of offences for threats, property crime and breaches in the past two years.

One of his previous offences had been calling in a bomb threat to Sa-Hali secondary in 2019.

Adamson currently lives in a group home in Dallas. On Jan. 1, police received multiple complaints from neighbours who had seen Adamson attempting to steal from vehicles in the area during the previous few nights.

According to the Crown, neighbours were angry and about to confront Adamson when Kamloops Mounties were called to intervene and calm the situation. The next day, Adamson was arrested for breaching his curfew and held in custody without bail.

He was arrested for breaching curfew twice in December — once on Dec. 22 after being caught breaking into vehicles in the Orchard Ridge mobile home park and again on Christmas Eve after a woman in Juniper reported seeing a man rummaging through her car.

Court heard Adamson is a self-admitted methamphetamine user, for which he wants to seek treatment and has already been taking Suboxone since his arrest.

Adamson has a number of mental-health challenges and a team of social workers in place to assist him, having aged out of Ministry of Child and Family Services care, but Community Living BC is currently funding Adamson’s stay in the group home at a cost of $20,000 per month.

He grew up in Alberta, having spent most of his life in child services and moved to B.C when he was 18.

Appearing in court on Feb. 11 via video conference call from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, Adamson said he was remorseful for his behaviour.

“I know there’s no need for me to be breaking into vehicles. It’s supposed to be a safe community. I apologize,” Adamson said.

He has 24 days left left on his sentence.

Adamson has been behind bars for 44 days and, after factoring in the 1.5 days’ credit for every day served in pre-trial custody at the Kamloops prison — he is credited with 66 days.

Once Adamson is released, he will return to the Dallas group home and be on another probation term that will carry a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. He is also prohibited from being at the Orchard Ridge mobile home park and will also need to attend drug addiction treatment as directed by his probation officer.

Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week