Bail hearing for accused downtown Vancouver window breaker delayed – B.C.

A man who was allegedly caught on video breaking windows for the second time in downtown Vancouver appeared in court on Friday.

Curtis George McCallum’s bail hearing has been postponed until next week, meaning he will remain behind bars all weekend.

But shopkeepers in the area say they fear the accused vandal will soon be back on the streets.

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McCallum faces new property mischief charges after he was recorded smashing the windows of a TD Bank branch at Hastings and Abbott streets on Wednesday.

Five weeks earlier, he was allegedly filmed using a large concrete block to smash the windows of the same bank.

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Downtown Vancouver business owner John Clerides started the ‘Vancouver Burglary and Crime Gang’ Facebook group after his own store was the victim of a similar vandalism.

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“Our public safety is at risk and this man should not be released at all,” he told Global News.

McCallum’s criminal history dates back to 1992 in Edmonton, where in 2009 he was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter and aggravated assault in the Christmas Eve 2006 murder of his aunt and the stabbing of his spouse fact.

“He needs to be incarcerated and dealt with appropriately,” Clerides said.

The September TD tear caused damage estimated at $70,000. The bill for Wednesday’s smash is expected to be higher given that at least 20 windows were affected.

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) says it all adds up to increased financial stress for members already facing rising inflation.

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“It’s important to recognize that while businesses have insurance, they also have to pay for that insurance and insurance costs are definitely going up,” said Annie Dormuth, CFIB Provincial Director for British Columbia and Alberta. .

“It all adds up. This may be something that consumers may not realize when it comes to this type of vandalism. »

Clerides said the series of incidents is another example that something needs to change in British Columbia

“People are overwhelmingly concerned about their public safety,” he said. “We need to make our citizens safe, our businesses safe and productive so we can have a real healthy city.”

McCallum made a brief video appearance in Downtown Community Court on Friday and was remanded for a bond hearing on Monday.

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