Woman pleads guilty in P.E.I. court to grabbing $880 cash

Maureen Coulter
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Nancy Ann Marie Paquet, 40, facing two charges of theft, one charge of breaching probation

A woman facing theft-related charges changed her pleas to guilty in provincial court Tuesday.

Nancy Ann Marie Paquet, 40, appeared before judge John Douglas for two thefts and a breach of probation.

Crown attorney Nathan Beck detailed the thefts, which occurred exactly two months apart.

On Oct. 31, 2015, a male victim reported to police that Paquet had stolen $760 from his wallet along with two blank cheques.

The victim had given Paquet a drive from the Legion in Charlottetown to the Canton Café where Paquet knocked into him at the cash register.

The victim alleges that his wallet was in his pocket at the Canton but was on the passenger seat when he went to drop Paquet off at her residence.

When he confronted Paquet, he told police that she took off running. Paquet was located at the Superstore and was placed under arrest for theft.

The officer discovered $935 cash in her purse along with two blank cheques belonging to the victim.

Paquet initially told police the cash belonged to her and that she had cashed a government cheque earlier that day. However for purpose of a resolution, Beck told the court that Paquet is accepting responsibility for stealing $380 from the victim and that the crown is seeking restitution of that amount.

Douglas urged the victim, who was sitting in the back of the courtroom, to submit a victim impact statement.

"Your victim impact statement will be very much a consideration on the imposition of sentence," said Douglas.

Paquet breached her probation on Nov. 25, 2015, after failing to show or make contact with her probation officer or to reschedule an appointment.

The other theft incident occurred on Dec. 31, 2015, where Paquet stole $500 cash from a female woman in Charlottetown.

The victim let Paquet into her apartment as she noticed her neighbour was not answering the door for Paquet.

The woman went to the washroom and when she came back out, she noticed her wallet was sitting on the dryer. It had previously been in her purse on the couch in the living room.

Paquet was gone, along with the $500 in her wallet. The crown is seeking restitution for the full amount.

A date will be set for sentencing on March 10 regarding these charges. Another plea is set to be entered that day for a different theft. Paquet will remain in custody until that time.

Paquet has another court date on April 11 unrelated to Tuesday's guilty pleas. She is facing charges, including several counts of fraud, possessing stolen cheques and breaching the conditions of her probation.



Organizations: Superstore

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • Carrie-Ann
    March 04, 2016 - 11:22

    @Jim Let's just wait until she robs you or even better one of her off Springs she's been showing the ropes to.

  • Joe Doe
    March 04, 2016 - 00:33


  • Jim MacDonald
    March 03, 2016 - 20:37

    Sweep your own doorstep before u sweep someone else's.... Nobody knows all the circumstance.. And Stacey, why bring her kids into this? It's bad enough they have to see their mother in jail without you talking about them.. Some sick ppl talking about innocent kids. It's hard to get a job and social assistance pays below the poverty line so it's no wonder people are resorting to stealing to get by..

    • disgusting
      March 05, 2016 - 15:19

      OH get off your high horse Jim..her older kids are now pulling the same crap ...maybe she should have gotten a job and showed them hard work gets you what you need and want instead of SS paying her way...

  • Buddy
    March 03, 2016 - 16:22

    These "victims" all sound like they really got what they were asking for- it's 2016, who is really stuid enough to put themselves in these situations? Also, maybe instead of putting someone like Paquet in jail, she should be sent for help with a doctor to hep her get her life together. She is a victim, too in all this. eople cannot choose what their flaws are, or what they need to do to survive.

  • Stacey
    March 03, 2016 - 15:44

    Time to give her some real time to think about the stuff she has done....her kids are now leading from example ...so sad.

    March 03, 2016 - 14:59


  • speterzon
    March 03, 2016 - 13:45

    unfortunately as long as judges keep handing out these idiotic sentences ,there is no deterrent to stealing ,the worst you can get is a weekend stay at club fed or a suspended sentence

  • Townie
    March 03, 2016 - 11:54

    "The victim let Paquet into her apartment as she noticed her neighbour was not answering the door for Paquet." The neighbour was really, really smart. We need more people to be smart like that here in Charlottetown. There's too much riff-raff in the city to deal with these days.

      March 03, 2016 - 17:31

      There's a new defense now. But Your Honour, she had $500 in her purse in her apartment and I had no choice but to steal it. Townie, you and Buddy must be the same person or at least brothers.There can't be 2 people that stupid.

  • Ally
    March 03, 2016 - 09:22

    Both of these victims were trying to be kind to the thief. This to me is the worst kind of thief.