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A 43-year-old Charlottetown man has been sentenced in provincial court to serve 30 days in the provincial correctional centre after pleading guilty to charges of theft and possession of stolen property.
Martin Dale Smallman was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each charge in court last week, but the sentences will run concurrently.
Smallman was found to have been in possession of a saw stolen from Kent Building Supplies worth $119.
That saw was sold to Most Wanted in Summerside for $25. Staff at Most Wanted noticed a Kent Building Supplies sticker after Smallman left the building. Authorities were notified.
The theft charge relates to the theft of close to $100 worth of lobster meat from the Atlantic Superstore in Summerside.
Smallman had a prior criminal record with convictions for theft.
He was on probation for theft when these latest offences were committed.
Upon the completion of the custodial portion of his sentence, Smallman will be placed on probation for 12 months. While on probation he must undergo assessment, counselling and treatment, if necessary, for the use of alcohol or drugs or any other underlying issue that may have contributed to the commission of these offences.
Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas also ordered Smallman to pay restitution of $95 to the Atlantic Superstore in Summerside and restitution of $25 to Most Wanted inSummerside.
He has been ordered to stay away from the Summerside properties of Kent Building Supplies, Most Wanted and the Atlantic Superstore.
The court was told that alcohol was Smallman’s primary addiction.
But at the time he committed these latest offences he was using opiates.
Smallman said he was on opiates for about three months before he stopped using them.