Stealing from cars earns man jail sentence

Jim Day
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PROVINCIAL COURT

A Charlottetown area man will spend 95 days in jail after stealing money and other items from vehicles on two occasions last year.

First appearing in court with a lawyer Monday, James Wayne Leclair, 43, later decided to provide his own defence.

He pleaded guilty to six charges, including theft, prowling on a property and misleading the police by giving a false address and false date of birth.

Leclair made several unsuccessful pleas for both leniency and delay in sentencing.

He told Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr that he was “a really good parent’’ and requested more time to basically build a stronger case to show his good side.

Orr did not appear moved by what at times were rather weak explanations of some offences in a clear attempt to soften the appearance of some of the crimes.

“I’m having a hard time, Mr. Leclair, to have any sympathy for your position today,’’ the judge said.

“I have yet to hear a reason why you were out in the middle of the night stealing from cars.’’

Orr termed the crimes in the capital city a “pretty planned and premeditated.’’

Leclair pleaded guilty Monday to prowling on property and stealing from vehicles on May 3, 2015.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to attend court on June 25 to deal with the theft and prowling charges.

While released on an undertaking, Leclair was again rummaging through vehicles on Dec. 23, shoving bills and change in his pocket along with other items that caught his fancy.

He was nabbed in a wooded area after being tracked for three hours by police and a police dog.

Orr sentenced Leclair to 30 days on the first theft charge and 15 days on the second theft charge.

She also sentenced him to five days for failing to attend court, 15 days on each of the two prowling at night charges and 15 days for misleading police.

The sentences are to be served consecutively, meaning Leclair must spend a total of 95 days in jail.

He will be placed on probation for two years upon his release.

He was also ordered to stay away from the areas of his theft and prowling crimes — Nassau Street and the Grace Baptist subdivision — unless granted permission by his parole officer to attend for specific reasons.

Leclair told the court he has family living in that area.

Leclair, who is on social assistance, told the court he regretted his actions, calling the crimes a big mistake.

However, he is no stranger to the court.

He has a long prior criminal record, including thefts, forcible entry, being unlawfully at large and breaches of probation.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nassau Street

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