Two years for two thieves in Langley pharmacy hit

Two men have been given two-year sentences for their roles in a series of robberies targeting Lower Mainland pharmacies in late 2012.

Luke Stuart Thom Ash, 30, and Ryan Allan Olson, 28, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of robbery and one of theft under $5,000 in August.

Sentencing took place Thursday in B.C. provincial court in Port Coquitlam.

Olson admitted to robbing five pharmacies – two of them twice – in Maple Ridge, Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey and Port Moody between Aug. 21 and Oct. 12, 2012.

Olson, a drug addict, sought narcotics such as oxycodone.

Olson and Ash were arrested in November 2012.

Investigators found a number of text messages on Olson’s phone from before and after many of the robberies.

Before a robbery, he would often text someone to ask them to “cross your fingers,” and after he would brag about what he had done or provide a list of drugs he’d stolen and planned to sell.

In statements after their arrests, both men quickly admitted to police what they had done and expressed remorse.

Judge Pedro de Couto said in his decision that the crimes showed a degree of planning and sophistication, and that the men had time for “sober second thought” because the incidents took place over a two-month period.

“There is no question that these are very serious offences,” said De Couto. However, he said there were a number of mitigating circumstances. Neither of the men had a criminal record prior to the robberies and both admitted guilt at an early stage in the process. They also both showed genuine remorse.

Based on their backgrounds, De Couto said Olson and Ash have the ability and potential to reintegrate and be contributing members of society once again.

Crown and defence made a joint submission for sentences of two years less a day followed by 12 to 18 months of probation.

Olson would spend his time in jail, while Ash would serve his time in the community as a conditional sentence.

De Couto agreed with the submission and imposed a probation period of 18 months.

Both men must also pay restitution to two of the pharmacies.

– Jennifer Saltman is a reporter with the Vancouver Province

For more from the Vancouver Province, click here.

Just Posted

Langley photographer captures otters amid the ice

While photographing winter on the river, a local photographer was there when otters caught a fish.

How much does your city spend per person on snow removal?

Black Press Media compares 2018 ice and snow removal budgets of various Lower Mainland communities

Stock trading allegations dismissed against former Langley spiritual leader

Investors allegedly lost $740,000 investing through a local religious organization.

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Renovations will bring changes to George Preston Rec Centre

New facilities and upgraded plumbing are among the projects underway.

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

Abbotsford man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read