All pain and no gain for prolific Kamloops burglar

Crown says of Braden MacKenzie: "It’s remarkable the depths of his perseverance that he would run from police, jump off a balcony, break his femur and nonetheless continue to evade police.”

A Kamloops man who stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from a Thompson Rivers University varsity sports team’s locker room before going on a crippled crime spree has been ordered to spend two years in prison.

After being given credit for time served, Braden Douglas MacKenzie, 25, will have 10 months left to spend behind bars.

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Douglas pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court to a raft of property-related charges stemming from incidents spanning more than 14 months.

He was sentenced on Nov. 21.

Court heard MacKenzie broke into the TRU women’s volleyball team’s locker room on Oct. 30, 2017, stealing six iPhones, a Samsung smartphone, two MacBooks, credit cards and a championship ring. 

Less than two months later, on Dec. 18, 2017, police found MacKenzie in a Juniper Ridge backyard. He fled and was chased on foot, eventually jumping 30 feet from a balcony and breaking his leg.

Following that, MacKenzie’s crimes continued despite his being on crutches.

Five days later, MacKenzie was found carrying a number of stolen bags outside an apartment building.

In March 2018, he stole a set of keys and used them to break into an office and classroom at Sprott Shaw College, stealing multiple items.

“It’s remarkable that Mr. MacKenzie remained physically undeterred in committing these break and enters,” Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo said.

“It’s remarkable the depths of his perseverance that he would run from police, jump off a balcony, break his femur and nonetheless continue to evade police.”

MacKenzie was arrested on March 10, 2018, after police found him in the middle of a residential burglary.

He fled through an attic and was arrested in the home’s backyard.

“These offences have taken their toll on the community,” Caputo said. “These property offences have real victims — real victims who lose something.”

MacKenzie also pleaded guilty to breaking into the White Spot in North Kamloops on Jan. 4, 2017.

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