A man who pleaded guilty to looting makeup from the downtown Vancouver Sears store during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot has avoided going to jail, but will have to serve a five-month conditional sentence.

A B.C. Provincial Court judge on Tuesday told Robert Snelgrove, 25, he will have to serve the first three months in 24-hour house arrest at his parents’ home in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver.

Snelgrove will be allowed away from the home to go to work and to deal with medical emergencies.

For the next two months, he will be under a 7-p.m.-to-6-a.m. curfew.

Snelgrove will be on probation for 16 months after the conditional sentence is served.

He was also handed a $500 fine, must perform 150 hours of community service and must also write a letter of apology within 30 days to the City of Vancouver and the people of British Columbia. The judge said the letter can be released to the news media.  

Snelgrove was also banned from going into Vancouver except for work and medical emergencies.  

Snelgrove was seen on the night of the June 15 riot leaving the Sears store, which had closed for the night but had been broken into, with both hands full of looted cosmetics.

The court was told that Snelgrove turned himself in the day after the riot.

 

With files from the CBC's Kirk Williams