SUMMERSIDE — A 21-year-old city woman will spend the next two months on house arrest after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court Thursday to stealing from her former employer.
Shelby Blaire Woodside was also ordered to pay $400 in restitution.
On July 25, the Superstore’s loss prevention officer contacted police regarding a suspected theft by Woodside, an employee.
Police were told that over the span over several weeks Woodside’s cash was short $635 and, on two occasions, she was caught on surveillance stealing money.
During questioning by police, Woodside admitted to stealing a total of $400 by taking money from her till and putting it in her pocket.
Crown attorney David O’Brien said time in custody was warranted.
Defence attorney Trish Cheverie argued for probation, telling the court that the 21-year-old had no previous record; was remorseful for her actions and didn’t know why she had stolen the money.
“She was hopeful to go into the youth worker program. That may not be a possibility in the future,” said Cheverie, referring to Woodside’s chances of getting into the program with a criminal record. “We are dealing with $400, which is not an insignificant amount. The consequences have already hit home. She lost her job and is concerned about the loss of her reputation in the community.”
Judge Jeff Lantz, in sentencing Woodside, said the number of thefts from employers that he is seeing before his court seems to be growing “by the month almost.”
“Employers have to be able to trust their employees,” added Lantz. “We are dealing with several incidences here, not one isolated event, so I don’t see any reason to vary from the usual sentence.”
Once Woodside’s house arrest is complete, she will be on probation for 12 months, during which time she must pay restitution and stay away from the Superstore.