Man stuffs meat in partners purse, she gets court fine

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 7, 2016

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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Angela Ella Jane Lannigan, 29, pleads guilty to stealing hot dogs, ground beef from No Frills in Stratford

A woman who didn't stop a man she was with from stashing hot dogs and ground beef in her purse to steal them from a grocery store was fined recently in provincial court.

Angela Ella Jane Lannigan, 29, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr where she pleaded guilty to stealing the meat from the No Frills in Stratford.

The court heard a security guard at the grocery store watched Lannigan and the man on camera as he put the meat in her purse.

The meat was worth $21.64 and was recovered.

Lannigan, who had no prior record, told police she wasn't happy about the man putting the meat in her purse, but she didn't take them out.

The man wasn't charged and walked away with a warning from police.

Orr told Lannigan she had the opportunity to avoid a charge by stopping the man.

"Here you are in court. They're not," Orr said.

She fined Lannigan $500 and ordered her to pay a $150 victim surcharge.