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Man found with stolen First World War medals sentenced to 123 days

By Peggy Revell on March 30, 2017.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The stolen medals are seen in this handout image from MHPS in February 2017.

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A guilty plea for possessing stolen property was entered Thursday concerning First World War medals that police sought the owners of earlier this year.

Mensha Franks appeared by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, entering a guilty plea for being in possession of the stolen medals, as well as other charges.

Franks was arrested with another person in November for going through the donation basket at REDI. Police found two First World War medals and a throwing star in his possession.

Police were eventually able to return the medals to their owner after widespread media and social media attention. The medals had been stolen on an earlier date in a break and enter.

Alongside charges for possessing stolen property and a weapons charge for the throwing star, Franks also pled guilty on Thursday to breaking and entering into residential garage, two counts of uttering forged documents in the case of two cheques worth $600 and $980 respectively, a curfew breach, and fraud through a false receipt at Walmart.

More guilty pleas were also entered for possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possessing meth due to an incident last September where police observed him in the early morning and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. When searched, police found in his possession 0.6 grams of meth and a knife blade in his jacket pocket.

For all of these charges, Franks was sentenced to 123 days in jail, which is considered time served due to Franks being in custody for numerous months.

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