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P.E.I. man forfeits car after going on shoplifting spree at Moncton, N.B., mall


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MONCTON, N.B. - When a shoplifter was caught with a car full of stolen goods last month in Moncton, he lost more than the pilfered clothes - he also lost his car.
In a legal first in the Moncton area, a provincial court judge ordered Friday that Hammond Ford's 1996 Saturn be forfeited as offence-related property.
Ford, a resident of Prince Edward Island, was arrested Feb. 2 outside Champlain Place mall.
The Crown said Ford was spotted trying to wheel a 32-inch flat-screen TV worth $750 out of Sears in a shopping cart after making no effort to pay for it.
When he saw that an employee had noticed him, Ford abandoned the TV at the store entrance and drove away in his car.
A short while later, police spotted Ford wheeling another TV out of a Wal-Mart on the other side of the mall and arrested him.
They searched his vehicle and found $500 worth of clothes in the trunk, still on store hangers.
Ford has been on remand since his arrest, meaning he's served the equivalent of 2 1/2 months in jail.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of possession of stolen property.
Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman sentenced Ford to a day in jail, considered served, for each of the charges.
In addition to losing his car, he was placed him on probation for 18 months, during which time he's banned from going to Champlain Place.

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