Fre­quent thief is jailed

Ali­cia Sheila Miller sen­tenced to eight months in jail on 15 charges from three coun­ties

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS

A P.E.I. woman who started the year with no crim­i­nal record was sen­tenced Thurs­day to eight months in jail on 15 charges.

Ali­cia Sheila Miller, 30, ap­peared be­fore Judge John Dou­glas in pro­vin­cial court in Char­lot­te­town for sen­tenc­ing af­ter she pleaded guilty to charges that in­cluded eight thefts.

Miller sat at the de­fence ta­ble with her wrists and feet shack­led, shak­ing as she cried into her hands while Dou­glas de­liv­ered her sen­tence.

The thefts spanned all three P.E.I. coun­ties and amounted to more than $1,700 in lost mer­chan­dise.

Crown at­tor­ney Lisa Goulden read from the agreed state­ment of facts, de­tail­ing thefts of rum from stores in Char­lot­te­town, Sum­mer­side and Morell.

The other thefts in­cluded a bar­be­cue from a Su­per­store, a mirror, ten­sioner and pul­ley from Cana­dian Tire.

She also stole from a Su­per­store in Sum­mer­side and Wal­mart in Char­lot­te­town.

Miller also de­frauded an ac­quain­tance of $600 by get­ting her to cash a fraud­u­lent cheque us­ing the vic­tim’s bank ac­count.

In to­tal, Miller pleaded guilty to eight thefts, three counts of fail­ing to at­tend court, two breaches of an un­der­tak­ing, one count of fraud and one breach of pro­ba­tion.

Goulden said a pre-sen­tence re­port pre­pared in May was de­scribed as neg­a­tive.

Miller com­mit­ted her of­fences in Char­lot­te­town, Sum­mer­side and Kings County, Goulden said.

“She’s been cov­er­ing the Is­land in her crim­i­nal­ity.”

Miller spent 22 days in cus­tody af­ter her ar­rest and af­ter credit for time served, she was left with seven months on her sen­tence still to serve.

Along with the jail time, Miller will be on pro­ba­tion for 15 months af­ter her re­lease and must pay more than $2,300 in resti­tu­tion for the thefts and fraud.

Dou­glas also or­dered Miller to pay $1,600 in vic­tim sur­charges.

Dur­ing her pro­ba­tion Miller must stay away from the fraud vic­tim and each of the busi­nesses she stole from.

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