No jail for thief

Purse snatcher reaches out to her vic­tim on Face­book.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

A woman who stole a purse from a stroller in­side a Tim Hor­tons avoided jail time af­ter a judge gave her a sus­pended sen­tence Mon­day in pro­vin­cial court.

Amanda Lee Trainor ap­peared be­fore Judge John Dou­glas in Char­lot­te­town for sen­tenc­ing on the theft and breach­ing a con­di­tion of her pro­ba­tion.

The court heard the vic­tim went to the Tim Hor­tons on St. Pe­ters Road in Septem­ber with a friend who had a child in a stroller. While they were in­side, Trainor dropped some items near the stroller.

When she bent down to pick them up, Trainor also grabbed the purse.

The en­tire in­ci­dent was caught on sur­veil­lance video.

At some point af­ter the theft, Trainor con­tacted the vic­tim on Face­book to apol­o­gize and say she took the purse.

The to­tal value of ev­ery­thing stolen was $358, in­clud­ing a $200 gift card.

The Crown es­ti­mated it cost the vic­tim about $200 to re­place ev­ery­thing else, in­clud­ing the woman’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Be­fore hear­ing her sen­tence, Trainor, who has a prior record, ad­dressed the court to say it was not like her be­cause she usu­ally steals from stores, al­though she added that didn’t make it bet­ter.

“I’m very re­morse­ful for do­ing this,” she said.

With the sus­pended sen­tence, Trainor will be on pro­ba­tion for one year.

Dou­glas or­dered her to pay $200 in resti­tu­tion and per­form 20 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Trainor, who is on so­cial as­sis­tance, brought $20 to court to put to­ward that resti­tu­tion.

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