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Prince Edward Island provincial court
Gets 260 days in jail for that and other criminal offences
An Island man whose thefts to feed his drug addiction included more than 50 cans of fish will spend 260 days in jail after he was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday.
Nathan Karl King, 32, appeared before Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to five charges, including stealing from three stores, failing to attend court and breaching the conditions of his probation.
In handing down the sentence, Orr said the stolen items were worth thousands of dollars when they were all added up.
“These are high end thefts.”
The court heard that on July 11, King went to the Canadian Tire in Charlottetown where surveillance cameras caught him stealing a mosquito trap worth $499.99, which the police weren’t able to recover.
At the time, King was banned from the store because of a previous offence and he had outstanding warrants in New Brunswick and Quebec.
On Sept. 28, King went to a Superstore in Charlottetown where he tried to steal $770.62 worth of groceries before store security caught him.
The items were recovered and resalable.
Earlier this month, King committed another theft, this time at the Sobeys in Stratford where he walked out of the store with more than 50 cans of fish that were being sold for $6.49 a can.
The police located him about 10 minutes later and the cans were recovered for resale.
King has a criminal record that includes robbery, thefts and credit card fraud.
His lawyer, Clare Henderson, told the court King started using opiates when he was 24 and there were gaps in his criminal record from when he was off drugs.
Henderson said he was asking for a sentence to be served on weekends and he was ready to pay restitution right away if Orr released him that day.
Orr said that wasn’t going to happen.
“He’s dreaming in Technicolor if he thinks I’m going to release him today,” she said.
In handing down a sentence, Orr said the fact he had an addiction wasn’t an excuse and didn’t entitle him to a lower sentence.
She also said it wasn’t an appropriate case for an intermittent sentence and he will have to serve it as straight time.
King will be on probation for two years after his release and Orr ordered him to write apology letters to the victims.
He will also have to pay $499 in restitution to Canadian Tire along with $300 to the victims of crime fund and he is banned from the three stores while on probation.