Woman who stashed meat in purse given suspended sentence

Ryan Ross
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Stephanie Vanessa Perry, 23, caught with four packages of ground beef and one package of chicken drumsticks in her purse

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A woman who stashed stolen meat in her purse while she shopped got a suspended sentence Thursday in provincial court.

Stephanie Vanessa Perry, 23, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to the theft.

The court heard that on Nov. 29, 2013, security at the Superstore on University Avenue saw Perry put four packages of ground beef and one package of chicken drumsticks in her purse. Perry proceeded to pay for $120 worth of other items, but not the $24.69 worth of meat. The meat was recovered.

Before hearing her sentence, Perry briefly addressed the court and said she was sorry for taking the meat. Douglas gave Perry a suspended sentence and although she had no prior record, he warned her she would end up in jail if she stole again.

Organizations: Superstore

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • meatpants
    March 01, 2014 - 09:30

    Do you think after it was "recovered" they sold this meat as well???

  • Jose
    March 01, 2014 - 09:26

    I just returned from a trip to Cuba. Although some may think the country is poor no one goes without... The government ensures that everyone has the items to make ends meet. No one haste ability to be flithy rich there like here in. Amanda where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

  • Jakolin
    February 28, 2014 - 15:25

    Stealing is not something I condone, but could understand when feeding your family is the reason. Feeding a family today is very expensive especially if you want to feed your family according to the Canada's Food Guide. If a family on EI is waiting for their check, they can go to welfare and get money to cover everything, but as soon as they get their check(s) welfare takes back every cent they gave to the family, which makes the family have to go back to welfare to feed them again. It is a terrible cycle that lower to middle income families struggle with almost year round.

  • justin
    February 28, 2014 - 15:10

    This crime is one of those that is tough for everyone. When people steal necessities you have to wonder why they are stealing them. Stealing alcohol or cigarettes is one thing but steal food while at the same time buying food makes a person wonder just what is going on with the person and in this person's life.

  • fed up
    February 28, 2014 - 13:27

    You mean to say there is no low fat food at the soup kitchen, what is the world coming to?

  • w kennedy
    February 28, 2014 - 12:12

    Expect it will continue to get worse. At some point the truly poor will be too weak to do anything but mess up people closest and it will become more hell like.and welfare after rents that left $160 month for food . Pouch of tobacco up today $25x15=$375 monthly The only option more crime or suicide . If the additives were taken out of tobacco [the irony] it would not be toxic if health were the concern????

    • UPWESTER
      February 28, 2014 - 16:57

      If they were to smarten up and quit smoking, they would have an extra $375. a month.Statistics show that the majority of people caught shoplifting, have the money on them to pay for the items stolen. She had $120. to pay for other items, what could be more basic than some hamburg to feed yourself. It would be interesting to know what items she paid for.

  • missk
    February 28, 2014 - 10:35

    Not everything is the governemt's fault. She is the one that stole the products. People do it all the time everywhere. Some people like to see what they can get away with. But yes!! some people steal because they feel desperate too, and don't have enough money. Both are a pretty sad reality!

    • feeling guilty, but
      February 28, 2014 - 12:14

      Guilty because I have too much to eat every day, could probably do a lot better with 1/4 the amount. I sometimes wish I had a bunch of children in here to gobble up the excess of good food we have going to waste, and wonder how many other adults find themselves in the same situation. This happens while others --mainly growing children-- go hungry. Some adults resort to trying to steal something for their family, while the Law has a Say in that. How can those inequeties be brought to a fair conclusion? The poor can't always walk to the soup kitchen, or get a drive there, and besides, many need special foods that are not always served there, such as fat-free, low sodium, gluten whatever, and so on. Most caregivers could be certain of getting anywhere on some of the winter days we have just had in the past few months -- which might still have before PEI "fines-up" a bit. So if people who steal knew who to ask or where to go for donations, door to door, even, , they might be loaded down with stuff people have piled up in cupboards that they have forgotten was there. Sad, sad and shame. We could send it all to the free food outlets but many would not be able to go there or to get the supply back to their home. Sad again.

  • Impeach Ghiz
    February 28, 2014 - 09:57

    If Ghiz was doing his job, thing like this would not happen.

    • Doesn't matter
      February 28, 2014 - 12:14

      I would LOVE for you to tell us how this is ghizs fault/problem ?