Pregnant thief to spend more time in jail

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 24, 2016
Pregnant thief to spend more time in jail

A pregnant woman whose baby is due at the end of April was sentenced Tuesday to serve 60 days in jail for stealing clothes from Sears.

Amy Pickett, 36, appeared in provincial court before Chief Judge Nancy Orr for sentencing after pleading guilty to the theft and a probation breach.

The court heard that on Dec. 3, 2015, Pickett went to the Sears store in Charlottetown, put clothes in a bag and tried to leave without paying.

Store security confronted her and recovered all of the items.

In total, the clothes were worth $412.95.

Pickett, who was in custody on another matter, had a 29-page record dating back to 2012, which included 17 prior convictions for theft.

Before hearing her sentence, Pickett read from a letter she wrote, saying she stole the clothes because Christmas was coming and she was trying to get nice things for her kids.

"I had allowed my life to fall into crisis," she said.

Pickett also said her doctors think the baby might come early.

Orr said the theft wasn't a minor offence and involved some level of premeditation.

She sentenced Pickett to 60 days in jail for the theft, to be served consecutive to any other time, and 30 days for the probation breach to be served concurrently.

Pickett will also have to pay $200 in victim surcharges.

She will be back in court April 29 on other matters.