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

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 2, 2016

PROVINCIAL COURT

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.

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