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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A P.E.I. man has been sentenced in provincial court docket for making an attempt to rob the Princess Auto retailer in Charlottetown.
Lucas Kenneth Campbell, 27, was initially scheduled to face trial on March 15 in provincial court docket in Charlottetown for prices of theft with violence and breach of probation.
As an alternative, Campbell agreed to plead responsible to an amended cost of tried theft. Campbell appeared in court docket by video from the Provincial Correctional Centre. Crown legal professional John Diamond stayed the breach of probation allegation.
Theft try at Princess Auto
Diamond informed the court docket that on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Campbell was on the Princess Auto retailer, positioned gadgets right into a purchasing cart valued at $739 and tried to depart with out paying.
Retailer employees tried to redirect Campbell to a cashier. At that time, Campbell tried to push previous a employees member and exit the shop. Different employees members grabbed a maintain of the purchasing cart, stated Diamond.
Campbell then reached into the purchasing cart and grabbed an merchandise in a field. A employees member grabbed the field and managed to wrestle it away from Campbell. In the course of the altercation, a employees member was pushed to the ground. When a buyer additionally tried to intervene, Campbell ran out of the shop and acquired right into a car that drove away.
Campbell was captured on the shop’s video footage committing the offence. The car’s licence plate was additionally captured on video. Campbell was arrested that day and gave an announcement to police disputing the theft with violence allegation and as a substitute admitted to attempting to steal from the enterprise, stated Diamond.
One-year jail sentence
Campbell has a prolonged felony report, which features a nine-month theft sentence on April 19. That theft offence occurred on Oct. 12, 2021, at an electronics retailer within the Confederation Courtroom Mall. Throughout that offence, Campbell acquired right into a bodily altercation with a feminine worker as he tried to depart the shop.
For the Nov. 21 offence, legal-aid lawyer Justin Milne famous that Campbell pleaded responsible and spared the court docket a trial, which might have concerned 4 civilian witnesses. It was additionally famous in court docket that Campbell is coping with drug dependancy points.
Retired provincial court docket decide John Douglas returned in a part-time capability to preside over the matter. Douglas accepted a joint advice from Diamond and Milne and sentenced Campbell to at least one yr in jail, two years of probation and a weapons prohibition. Campbell is required to steer clear of the enterprise throughout the probation interval.
“It is clear that if you went into Princess Auto, it was the intent to carry out some, perhaps, high-level shoplifting however not a theft,” stated Douglas.
Campbell had been in pre-sentence custody for 115 days since his arrest. He was given enhanced credit score of 1.5 days for every day in custody totalling 172 days. With the improved credit score, Campbell had 193 days, or roughly six-and-a-half months, remaining on the sentence.
Terrence McEachern is a justice reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and may be adopted on Twitter @terry_mcn.