Campeau jailed for series of Cornwall thefts

Mark Campeau, seen here in a photo distributed by Cornwall police in July 2018, has been sentenced to 39 days in jail for a series of thefts. (CCPS via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A city man has been sentenced to just over a month in jail after carrying out a series of petty thefts this summer.

Mark Campeau, 45, was sentenced Aug. 23 in a Cornwall courtroom after pleading guilty to three counts of theft and one count of breach of probation. He had been facing 11 charges – the remainder of those charges were withdrawn by the Crown.

Campeau will be spending 39 days in jail. He was given credit for seven days of custody awaiting his court appearance.

He also has to make $750 in restitution to his victims – three people and FreshCo.

Campeau was caught by police in early August after he carried out a smash-and-grab the month before on a vehicle near First and Guy Streets while riding a mountain bike. He stole a wallet. He also stole a couple of purses from women.

Campeau has to make restitution to FreshCo on Ninth Street East though the fraud charge related to the attempted return of unpaid goods was among the charges withdrawn, according to court records.

Cornwall police found him using their latest investigative tool – the release of surveillance pictures to the media and on social media – either from witnesses, victims or closed-circuit cameras.

As for Campeau, once he’s out of jail, he will be on probation for 18 months and has to pay $400 in victim fine surcharges.

Editor’s note: The name of the accused has been corrected in this version to “Mark,” as it shows in the court record. The Cornwall Community Police Service incorrectly referred to the accused as “Marc” in their initial release Aug. 10, 2018, the day after charges were laid.