Thief hits bump on road to recovery

MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI March 19 2007

Thief hits bump on road to recovery

MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI March 19 2007

Thief hits bump on road to recovery

BY MICHAEL FRISCOL ANTI • It was One of

those rare news stories, the kind that makes you think that maybe, just maybe, the world isn’t doomed after all. According to police in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Jonathan Lock “turned himself in” last month—three years after stealing a couple cases of Labatt’s Blue from a downtown Beer Store. Good for him, right? The guilt became too much to bear, so he did the noble thing and confessed to his crime.

Well, not exactly. Even Lock admits the whole thing was overblown. “It is a twist on the truth,” he says. The real version, he explains, sounds more like this: injuly 2004, after a night of heavy drinking, Lock stumbled to a nearby Beer Store to pick up some more ale. The place was closed, but a bungling employee forgot to lock the front door. So Lock walked in and helped himself. ‘T was

severely intoxicated when I did it,” he says now. “I don’t even drink Labatt’s Blue, so when I woke up with two cases of Blue I wondered where the heck it came from. I had to call a friend and he filled me in. I said: ‘Uh oh.’ ”

Back then, Lock

was no angel. “I have a criminal record as long as my arm,” he says. Drunk driving. Armed robbery. You name it. But over the past couple of years, the 30-year-old has worked hard to sober up and land a steady job. Last month, however, his old life momentarily caught up with the present when two men stormed his apartment and assaulted him and his partner. “I have a lot of victims in my past, too,” Lock says. “So now, for the first time, I know what it feels like.” But that wasn’t the end of his ordeal. A week after telling police his side of the home invasion, an officer phoned him with the news: your face matched an old surveillance video. “They said if they didn’t see me in the next couple of days, there would be warrants issued,” he says. “So I went up right away.”

When he arrived, police charged him with breaking and entering; a court date has been set for April 2. “It’s embarrassing,” Lock says. “But I don’t feel sorry for myself at all. It’s what I deserve. I’ve cleaned up my act in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t matter. A lot of stuff can still come back and hit you years later.” M