Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 06:00 am
Two months in jail is the sentence a man was handed Monday for pilfering a pair of vacuums from a local department store.
Shawn McGrath appeared in St. Albert court via CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre and pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000.
McGrath was caught last November putting two Dyson brand vacuum cleaners – valued at about $350 each – into his shopping cart at Target and walking out of the store without paying for them.
Court heard the 45-year-old had attempted the same theft scheme a week before, but left a cart full of items at the front of the store before he left.
A four-page list of McGrath’s past criminal convictions, which was “riddled with thefts and robberies,” was read aloud by the Crown prosecutor.
McGrath told the court he steals to support his drug addiction.
He was sentenced to 59 days in jail.
A man will have to pay a penalty of $2,000 for a birthday bash that got out of hand.
Kevin James Thomas appeared in court and pleaded guilty to taking a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner and failure to provide a breath sample.
Thomas was celebrating his birthday with friends at a condo last June by “drinking voluminous amounts of alcohol,” described Crown prosecutor Jon Werbicki.
The morning after the party, one of the “inebriated persons” decided to take a truck (valued at $48,000) for a joy ride and ended up smashing it into another vehicle, a bus stop and a tree.
The truck was driven back to the condo, but a police investigation was not able to determine who the driver was, said Werbicki.
Thomas became involved when he got into the truck after it was returned and began to drive it in the parking lot, explained the Crown. He was pulled over by RCMP who expected he was intoxicated. The 29-year-old refused to provide a breath sample for a roadside screening device.
Thomas’ case was initially slated for trial. He also faced charges of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, impaired operation of a motor vehicle and property mischief.
Judge Darlene Wong handed Thomas a total fine of $2,000, a one-year driving prohibition and 12 months probation.
All other charges were withdrawn.