VANCOUVER - A 19-year old Surrey, B.C., man who pleaded guilty to possessing clothing stolen from a store during the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver has been given an absolute discharge by the courts.
Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie says it's believed to be the first guilty plea related to the riot.
He says Karanvir Singh Saran acknowledged he was aware a bathing suit and dress had been taken the night of June 15, but did not admit to stealing them.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger says Saran was busted after bragging about the stolen items to his friends at school, and an investigation is continuing into how he got the clothing.
The owner of the clothing store involved and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson are both expressing disappointment with the discharge granted by a court.
Last month, Vancouver police announced they were recommending 163 charges against 60 people — most of them for participating in a riot — and said they were working on charges against many others, although no charges have yet been approved by the Crown. (CKNW)