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Woman comes home to find thief inside, gets bit on hand

29-year-old pleaded guilty to break-and-enter, as well as a previous theft of $875 worth of cosmetics from Shoppers Drug Mart; sentencing hearing set for June 13
2018-05-23 Sault Ste. Marie Court House DH (1)
File photo. Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse. David Helwig/SooToday

Shantelle Webster was caught red-handed in broad daylight as she tried to make off with a bagful of items she was stealing from an east-end residence on an October afternoon.

And when the homeowner confronted her, she became embroiled in an altercation with the other woman and bit her hand.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty Thursday to break and enter to commit an indictable offence and breach of probation in connection with the Oct. 28 incident.

Ontario Court Justice John Condon heard city police were called to a Churchill Boulevard address shortly after noon.

When the cops arrived, they found Webster on the ground struggling with another female.

The victim told the officers she had returned home at 11:45 a.m. to find her side door open, and Webster with a large blue Walmart bag filled with her possessions, prosecutor Stuart Woods said.

The accused, who had entered the house through a patio door, also was carrying two of the woman's purses.

When she tried to grab the bags, the woman ended up on the ground, and Webster bit her hand, the assistant Crown attorney told the court.

After police arrived, the complainant went through the house. She discovered two jewelry boxes were empty, a silver chest was wide open and a glass change jar was missing.

All of the jewelry and the change jar were located in the blue bag.

Webster also had multiple gift cards belonging to the victim and her family.

As well, she pleaded guilty to stealing $875 worth of cosmetics from Shoppers Drug Mart in the Cambrian Mall on Aug. 31 and breach of probation.

At the time of the theft, she was banned from going to three businesses, including Shoppers, and the Station Mall.

At the request of defence lawyer Eric McCooeye, sentencing was put over until June 13 so a pre-sentence report can be prepared.

About the Author: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 45 years.
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