Northern News Services
Shelly Leonardis, 26, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft under $5,000 in territorial court Tuesday, while her common-law husband, Frank Paper, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property.
Bruser called Leonardis a "one-person crime wave" and said she was practising a "form of business terrorism."
Paper was her driver on the day the offences were committed. He was fined $500.
The court heard the RCMP received a complaint that a woman had walked out of Canadian Tire with a DVD player.
A short time later RCMP officers arrested Paper, who drove the car, outside the Gold Range and seized the stolen property. Leonardis was nowhere to be found, but turned herself in later.
She provided a statement the following day in which she admitted to taking the DVD player, as well as items from Mark's Work Warehouse, Reitman's and Dayset Clothing.
She also admitted to stealing three boxes of meat from Extra Foods May 30.
Then on July 21, employees of the Saan store on Old Airport Road reported to police that a woman had run out of the store with some clothing, setting off the alarm as she fled. Police were told she left the scene in a white car. Employees recorded the license plate number and police located the vehicle a short time later, the court heard.
Bruser referred to a victim impact statement submitted by a Reitman's employee. The author indicated shoplifting has an impact on the entire community in that customers absorb the additional cost incurred by the company through thefts.
In addition to the six-month jail term, Bruser imposed a one-year
probationary term in which the woman is prohibited from entering Extra
Foods, Jayset Clothing, Reitman's, Mark's Work Warehouse and the Saan Store.