Man tries to sell stolen phone to police

Ryan Ross
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A man who stole a $300 cellphone will have to pay more than three times that amount after he tried to sell it to a police officer.

A man who stole a $300 cellphone will have to pay more than three times that amount after he tried to sell it to a police officer.

Robert William Keating, 32, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court Monday in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.

During Monday’s proceedings, the court heard that on Oct. 31, a Rogers store manager reported a $300 Motorola Razr cellphone was missing.

The next day, one of the store’s employees saw an ad on Kijiji with the phone for sale for $300 and listed as brand new. When the employee emailed the seller, he was able to get the serial number and the store confirmed it was the phone.

A Charlottetown police officer then emailed about buying the phone and they arranged a meeting at a Tim Hortons during which Keating met with another officer, who arrested him.

The phone was recovered in resalable condition.

Orr ordered Keating to pay a $1,000 fine and $150 to the victims of crime fund.

Christa Dawn Gregory, 31, was also fined Monday after she pleaded guilty to stealing video games from Walmart in Charlottetown and breaching the conditions of her probation.

On Oct. 14, store security saw Gregory open five video game packages and slip the games into her purse. The games were valued at about $110 but the store wasn’t able to sell them. Her lawyer, Randy MacDonald, told the court the theft was driven by her addiction and he asked for a fine or sentence to be served on weekends because she provides care for her children during the week. Orr ordered Gregory to pay a $500 fine for the theft, $200 for the probation breach and $75 for the victims of crime fund.

Organizations: Tim Hortons, Walmart

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • NEEDFACTS
    January 04, 2013 - 15:37

    If you had of been in the courtroom you would of heard that very shortly after the offence she got help with her addictions and that her children live with thier father. She has also passed every drug screening test since she has started her addiction therapy, she had no prior record for theft, and was very ashamed of her actions. There were others that looked smug even amused at being in court actually smiling and laughing with the people they had come with. As for her other charge she was on a conditional probation for breaking up a fight her friend had started with an another in front of children and because she went in the home after her friend to stop it she was still charged for illeagally entering a dewelling without consent so got conditional probation, so i am sure with these facts and the accused currently in addictions councelling Nancy Orr did what she thought was the best for this lady who genuinly seemed like she was trying. So before people judge a situation they should hear all the facts not just bits and peices.

  • Happy Newyear
    January 03, 2013 - 16:40

    Alisha Wolf, you can only help someone when they are genuinely open to accepting your help. I agree that we can and should help those who are willing to accept it - according to the article, she was in breach of her probation, too.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 03, 2013 - 15:01

    This is just the beginning of a coming increase in crime due to the failed economic policies of our federal and provincial governments. I am not talking about the small increases we are all familiar with, but huge massive increases because people will not be able to care and provide for their loved ones. Desperation is going to be the norm, so Ghiz and all you other mindless creatures in government, you had better safeguard your belongings because I am sure you will be one of the first victims of these failed policies. Of course, they want to pick on drug addicts and alcoholics because they are easy to crap on. Addictions are a bad thing but believe me when I tell you this, we are all addicts to something, be it a drug, chemical, Facebook, internet, cigarettes, gossip, ... we are all addicted to feeling better than our current state which amounts to selfishness. It is constantly being reinforced by tv ads, radio ads, newspaper ads, magazine ads, etc., etc. You see this in everything young people do, they just want it all and they want it now. I pray for peace but fear it is not on the horizon.

    • Logical Thinking
      January 03, 2013 - 15:55

      Perhaps those of us who actually use the term "need" correctly, should start using the term "want"...seems to work for others. Just until we get this government out of the way, that is.

    • LA
      January 03, 2013 - 17:37

      Baloney. Addiction knows no socio-economic boundaries and has nothing to do with the government. The addicts I've known were comfortably provided for by their middle-class parents when they began, and were not trying to "escape poverty" whatsoever. It's not the government's fault if kids (not that these people ar kids) are as greedy as you describe either.

    • candrayo
      January 03, 2013 - 23:33

      LA...whatever helps you sleep at night....sweet dreams

  • candrayo
    January 03, 2013 - 11:06

    I am going to have to start understanding why the average Islander might need to resort to nefarious ways to get their precious NEEDS. Perhaps we should have a NEEDS vs WANTS campaign for life. See what you started Ghiz, how can we hold the common citizen responsible for theft, if we can not hold you accountable. You may be okay with HYPOCRISY...but I am not..what is good for the boss...is good for all I say.... but then again...maybe they were just drunk...

  • great decisions...
    January 03, 2013 - 10:45

    So, she has addiction issues and her lawyer argues that she should get leniency because she has to care for her children?! Based on the arguments from her lawyer, she is active in her addiction or currently owes dealers (otherwise why would she need to be stealing?). Maybe she should spend her time at Mt Herbert until she no longer has addiction issues and her children should be cared for by someone else. Why do we continue to allow children to be exposed to this lifestyle....then start questioning why they later turn out to be engaging in similar behaviours? Any Nancy Orr doesn't even question it?!

  • Alisha Wolf
    January 03, 2013 - 10:34

    Addiction? And they allow her to look after her children? Doesn't this person need help instead of fines? What's wrong with our justice system. Help these people.

    • lola
      January 03, 2013 - 13:44

      I hope your happy GHIZ!!!

    • misspei
      January 04, 2013 - 10:31

      there are lots of addicts out there who are capable of taking care of their children, addiction can be as far as gambling, smoking coffee on that note, jsut because a person has a addiction to something different does not make them any less of a person, it is possible this person is seeking help, and maybe slipped up, i hate how ppl undermind addicts, if there was enough help on this island for addicts seeking help there maybe a lot less.