Dress theft results in jail time

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — She went into a city business with a job application and left with a stolen dress.

Prince County Courthouse.

In Summerside provincial court Thursday, Kelsey Paige pleaded guilty to theft.

“We’re dealing with a theft from what she hoped would be a potential employer. Obviously, I don’t think she got the job,” said Judge Jeff Lantz. “It seems like a stupid thing to do.”

The incident happened on the afternoon of July 16.

Steele went into a city clothing store to drop off her resume. On a surveillance monitor in the back room, an employee watched as Steele, before leaving, knocked a dress off the rack, picked it up and put it in her purse.

Mall security picked up Steele after she left the store.

Steele admitted to stealing the dress, saying she took it for a friend. Police were called and the young woman left before officers arrived. She was later arrested.

Steele also pleaded guilty in court Thursday to breaching her probation.

She was placed on probation in August 2011. One of the conditions was that she was to undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any mental health or anger issues. Steele failed to attend scheduled appointments, resulting in the breach.

Defence attorney Trish Cheverie said that her client, who is now working full-time cleaning homes, is attempting to leave her “previous lifestyle” behind and wants to live a “more productive life.”

Cheverie asked that any jail time imposed be served on weekends.

Lantz agreed, sentencing Steele to a total 15-day intermittent sentence. She will also be on probation for 18 months, during which time Steele must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment for any mental health issues, and was ordered to pay $100 in victim surcharge fines.




Geographic location: Summerside

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