Woman with $310 in purse steals from Charlottetown grocery store

Ryan Ross
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Prince Edward Island provincial court

Kendell Marie Hardt, 20, appears before Chief Judge John Douglas

A woman who stole about $22 worth of energy drinks and makeup while she had more than $300 in cash in her purse was given a suspended sentence Thursday in provincial court.

Kendell Marie Hardt, 20, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to the theft.

In giving the suspended sentence, Douglas ordered Hardt to perform 16 hours of community service and pay a $100 victim surcharge.

The court heard that on Feb. 20 around 5:30 p.m. a security guard at the Superstore on University Avenue saw Hardt put two energy drinks and some makeup in her purse.

Hardt then proceeded to pay for some other items through a self-serve check out.

Hardt’s case went through alternative, which would have meant no criminal record if she completed several steps, but she didn’t write the necessary apology letter or perform the required community service.

Defence lawyer Thane MacEachern told the court Hardt had the cash in her purse to give to the father of her child for childcare.

Organizations: Superstore

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • Thelma Hancock
    July 26, 2014 - 23:30

    And people wonder why the cost of everything goes up???.....At work we call it shrinkage....the police and courts call it theft...A slap on the wrist by the so-called justice system...and the store(s) have to write this off as a loss...and next week this person will be in a different store...ripping them of....JMHO....

  • captain canuck
    July 26, 2014 - 20:07

    It's really simple... be quiet and let the law handle it. Who are we to be all sanctimonious?

    • huh
      July 27, 2014 - 19:38

      question nothing. The system is flawless. Offer no opinions. That is essentially what you just suggested.

  • ndkjbfk
    July 26, 2014 - 18:10

    i dont think u got everything right......

  • MessohBBK
    July 26, 2014 - 14:31

    She doesn't have custody of her son and the money was for that weekend. Why are facts so hard to get straight!?

    • crazycatlady
      July 27, 2014 - 14:25

      The money was for the father not the weekend maybe people should read the entire article instead of assuming

  • Joe Doe
    July 26, 2014 - 11:16


  • don
    July 26, 2014 - 09:25

    this story is mixed up she gets away free for stealing and she was to write a i'm sorry letter and do 16 hours of free work but did neither and still no punishment. what is the judge drinking? or did the reporter write it wrong?

  • Throw the book at thieves
    July 26, 2014 - 08:43

    I love when a woman is caught stealing, it just has to mention that she has kids. So we can all feel bad for her, as she steals makeup an energy drinks.....to provide for her children.