Man accused of identity theft has lengthy criminal record

Shawn Bradley Gillam shot at a police officer during chase in 2008

Shawn Gillam from an earlier photo published in 2011.

The man arrested by Ridge Meadows RCMP in an identity theft case, announced on Thursday, has a lengthy criminal record that includes having shot at police.

Pitt Meadows residents Shawn Bradley Gillam, 36, and Kacie Legace, 24, were arrested by police investigating a rash of mailbox break-ins and thefts last week.

A search of court records shows Gillam has a criminal record dating back to 2003. In April 2011, he was sentenced to six years in jail for shooting at a police officer.

Judge Anthony Spence noted at the time a longer sentence would have been appropriate, given Gillam’s lengthy criminal record then, but the hope of rehabilitation was strengthened by family support.

His parents and grandmother wrote letters to the judge assuring their support on his release and were in court when the sentence was handed down. His lawyer argued that he was no longer associating with criminals, and his friends involved in the drug trade had died or been murdered.

Police described him as a dangerous offender in 2008. He had fired at a police officer during a pursuit through Maple Ridge in June of that year.

His record includes a gas station robbery, possession of a switchblade, and possession of heroin.

In January 2015, he was arrested for theft of mail from community mail boxes in Maple Ridge. He was accused of breaking and entering and theft of mail in Richmond in 2017.

He is to appear in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court on Feb. 6 for a long list of charges, including break and enter, possession of stolen property, theft of mail, trespassing at night and others.

Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Brenda Gresiuk said Gillam is well known to police for crimes similar to those being investigated.

On Jan. 23, officers recovered hundreds of pieces of mail, numerous keys that appear to be mailbox keys and vehicle keys, and numerous credit cars, from a residence on Bonson Road in Pitt Meadows.

She said investigators are now trying to link these hundreds of recovered items to reports of theft, as they gather evidence.

She said investigations of this type are made easier if police have reports of thefts from the victims, so they know when they have recovered stolen items.

“We stress – if you’ve been the victim of crime, report it,” she said.

Ridge RCMP said Gillam is facing new charges of breaching conditions, seven counts of fraud under $5000 and seven counts of identity theft.

Gillam remains in custody until his next court appearance.

The investigation is ongoing.

Just Posted

Surrey Central SkyTrain Station upgrades completed

It’s the seventh station along Expo Line to see upgrades completed. Construction began in March 2017

Semiahmoo Trail students surpass Coldest Night fundraising goal

Rocco Forte and his team are third-year participants in Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year walk

Tardi and team playoff bound in junior curling worlds tonight

Friday night Team Canada’s men’s team faces off against Norway, hoping to secure a spot in the finals

Former Cloverdale church elder will be tried in Supreme Court on sexual assault charges

Preliminary inquiry for Brian Batke case set for February 2020

Measles case confirmed within Fraser Health region

One case within Fraser Health is related to the outbreak in three Vancouver schools.

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Man sentenced to 7 years for smuggling drugs and shooting at border guards in Sumas

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford in 2013 after day-long manhunt

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read