Conditional discharge given to Sarnia woman caught shoplifting

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An addiction to opioids is at the root cause of two shoplifting incidents in Sarnia, one at the Real Canadian Superstore in 2019 and the other at Jysk store in 2022.

A 33-year-old Sarnia woman was given a conditional discharge and one year of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of theft under $5,000 in Sarnia court.

Jessica Walker entered the Real Canadian Superstore on March 6, 2019, and filled a shopping cart with $893 worth of goods. A security guard saw her leave the store with the cart, making no attempt to pay. She was confronted by the security guard on the sidewalk outside the store. She fled without the cart and was arrested on March 18.

Walker struck again on Jan. 16, when she stole a handbag from the Jysk store. A security alarm was set off when she attempted to leave the store. A manager asked her for a receipt and she fled.

She apologized to the court. She has been living with a friend the past two months, but is generally homeless, as she was sleeping on the street for two weeks last year. It is hoped she can get the help she needs for her addiction as one of the conditions of her probation is to participate in substance abuse programming.

Blake Ellis, The Independent

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