Charlottetown woman pleads guilty to robbing convenience store

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Allison Ruth MacKenzie, 20, to be sentenced April 29

Still from a surveillance camera after a city convenience store was robbed last week.

A 20-year-old Charlottetown woman who robbed a city convenience store last week while armed with a syringe pleaded guilty Thursday in provincial court to a charge of  armed robbery.

Allison Ruth MacKenzie entered the guilty plea before Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas.

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Just a moment before, she had elected to be tried by a provincial court judge.

Douglas adjourned the case for sentence to April 29, pending the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

MacKenzie's efforts netted her $553.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • I know
    February 21, 2014 - 17:51

    There is no hope for PEI's future generation. Where are the parents? My advice is to get off that dead-end island and make something of your life!! Not going to get anywhere growing up there... Coming from someone with FIRST HAND experience growing up there and getting the hell out of there as soon as drugs and were placed in front of me at 15-years-old.

  • Noreen
    February 21, 2014 - 12:10

    Just reading the comments a lots of you people have not dealt with family having addiction problems. What young person would rob unless they were in need of money to get drugs. I agree jail is not the answer. These young people really need help. A lot of families have been destroyed because of addiction. It is easy to mouth off if you are not involved with addiction. Once addicted it is a different story trying to get off the drugs. No one can talk and call people down because no one knows who could get addicted next. Maybe your brother, sister, parent or child could be next and wouldn't you want the help to be there if they needed it.

  • Noreen
    February 21, 2014 - 12:09

    Just reading the comments a lots of you people have not dealt with family having addiction problems. What young person would rob unless they were in need of money to get drugs. I agree jail is not the answer. These young people really need help. A lot of families have been destroyed because of addiction. It is easy to mouth off if you are not involved with addiction. Once addicted it is a different story trying to get off the drugs. No one can talk and call people down because no one knows who could get addicted next. Maybe your brother, sister, parent or child could be next and wouldn't you want the help to be there if they needed it.

  • Parent
    February 21, 2014 - 09:36

    This girl needed help before it happened. If anyone couldn't foresee an increase in this type of crime after the recent drug raids, then they are blind. Over and over I hear people saying that all these kids need to do is just stop doing drugs and get help... where do they go? She had pled guilty and will go to jail. She will go in to jail as an addict and come out an addict. How is that a good use of tax dollars? I want my tax dollars spent in a responsible way. Not treating addictions is irresponsible and ensures that this type of crime will be repeated over and over again. I want my tax dollars to be spent in creating and providing a safer environment for my children. The Ghiz government would rather spend our dollars on trips to China. The fact that local businesses are being put in the position of having their employees face this sort of situation on any given day is totally irresponsible. Addiction is a disease. It has no cure but there certainly is treatment. Help this girl. She is 20 years old. The cost to society in not helping her is far greater than the cost of the treatment.

    • ITOLDUSO
      February 21, 2014 - 10:49

      Nice to see someone else gets it right. Good comment....

  • justin
    February 21, 2014 - 04:03

    OH PULEASEEEEEEE blame someone else for this person's crime. It is always somebody's fault not the criminal's fault. So easy to blame the system or the welfare system. maybe if she had went and gotten a job instead of looking for handouts she would not be in this trouble. There are jobs for people if they want to work but for this one like many others it is easier to try to rob someone else and then blame society for the their crimes. She is obviously on her way to career of crime and needs to be dealt with harshly this time,. Spent a couple years in jail to think about things.

    • Beiber
      February 21, 2014 - 09:19

      No one would commit a crime unless forced into it. It is obviously Ghiz'z fault for not getting a good job. Put the blame where it deserves.

    • Linda
      February 21, 2014 - 10:57

      Justin what is obvious is your ignorance to the fact addiction is a disease!Wishing Allie and every other young person with addictions success with treatment.

    • GetYourSelfEducated
      February 21, 2014 - 12:54

      Justin, Are you for real? Do you honestly believe that people are robbing convenience stores because they don't have jobs? This poor girl is addicted to opiates. There is no help for her to get off them. This is a huge cry for help as everyone knows when they step in a convenience store they are videotaped. It is pretty darn sad that the only way these kids are getting help is to gain a criminal record that will follow them forever. And, if you think that there is no cost to taxpayers, you are wrong. You so obviously do not know what you are talking about and are another misinformed person who is totally ignorant about addiction and the costs to our society by not treating this horrible disease and yes, it is definitely a disease. Imagine what the public's reaction would be if cancer patients had to rob stores in order to get treatment and before you say it, lots and lots of cancer, heart disease and types of diabetes are the result of "choices". Ghiz could choose to change this situation and he chooses not to. This situation is the result of the inaction of the PEI government. She committed a crime and will have to do the time but the real crime is how the youth of PEI are being thrown under the bus by the Ghiz government and ignorant people like you either don't have the smarts or the guts to speak up. Allie, I pray that something good comes out of this and that you get the help you need.

    • Really
      February 21, 2014 - 13:39

      Really Beiber? Criminals commit crime only when forced into it?? Are you kidding me?? What about murders and rapists? Are they bring forced into killing and raping people? No! What about child molesters, are they bring forced into hurting children? No! Sometimes there are just bad people who do bad things... People need to stop making excuses for criminals! Perhaps in this instance this girl felt like this was her best option... But to suggest that all criminals are FORCED into committing crimes is one of the most foolish, uneducated, clueless opinions I've ever heard of. Lots of people are going through hard times, that doesn't mean we should all go out and commit crimes!

  • That's what it coming to
    February 20, 2014 - 19:05

    That what things are coming to that is sad young adults have getting jobs difficult as well as EI changes . Maybe she tried to get a social service appointment in which you leave your name on an answering machine and will not give appointments to individuals that do not have a phone of their own . Which most people is becoming a luxury . She should not have done the crime but the economy is becoming so difficult that you probably going to see more of it !

    • And
      February 21, 2014 - 01:51

      When I read it I thinking it like "go girl "you need to pay you rent ,to your slum landlord or feed your feed kids , get some personal items a few snacks . Pay a dug debt ? While waiting months for EI from October ? All the more power 2 you ! Which as the economy here plummets time to open eyes and see hard core results of poverty in the province and cause and effect .

  • Janice
    February 20, 2014 - 13:11

    Is it wise to publish how much money she acquired during the theft? I think that it would encourage others to try it. Perhaps just the term "theft under $1000" would suffice?

    • Wise
      February 20, 2014 - 15:51

      Yes because "theft under $1000.00" sounds so much better than "netting $553.00"...

  • Me
    February 20, 2014 - 12:22

    Lord, have mercy.