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Sault man pleads guilty to spree of 'petty thievery,' faces 10 months in jail

Items pilfered include sweets, alcohol, hats and wire over a two month span
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The Sault Ste. Marie Court House during a Jane's Walk facilitated by Michael Burtch on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Donna Hopper/SooToday
Dylan Daigle pilfered candy, cookies, meat, cheese, liquor, hats, and pieces of wire from a PUC pole during a spree of "petty thievery."

The thefts occurred in September and October 2019 and the first two months of this year, Ontario Court Justice Melanie Dunn heard Friday.

Daigle, 23, pleaded guilty to 15 charges, including seven counts of theft, seven for breaching orders and a single count of failing to attend court.

He was sentenced to 10 months in jail - a sentence jointly recommended by the Crown and defence.

On Jan. 25, city police received a call at 6:15 a.m. about a man who was cutting and stealing wire from a utility pole in a lane near Carmen's Way.

He was dressed in black, and when officers arrived they recognized the accused, assistant Crown attorney Karen Pritchard said.

Daigle had wire cutters, and police also located a bag, containing pieces of wire, as well as another wire-cutter tool, nearby.

During his other crimes, he targetted the LCBO, an unnamed Station Mall sports merchandise outlet, convenience stores and a supermarket.

Most of the incidents were caught on surveillance cameras.

On Oct. 22, 23, and, 24, Daigle made off with bottles of vodka and whiskey from the downtown mall's liquor store.

The booze had a total value of $340.

Earlier in September, he shoplifted $18 worth of candy from a Wellington West Circle K store, and concealed meat and cheese, valued at $87, from the deli department of the Churchill Plaza Metro, in his jacket on Sept. 26.

Daigle made two visits to Lids in the Station Mall. On both occasions (Jan. 10 and Jan. 18) he purloined two Raptors' caps (each with a $41 price tag).

He stole sweet stuff — cookies, candies and chocolate bars — from a Circle K on Wellington Street East on Jan. 24. 

These items had a total value of $93.

At the time of the offences, Daigle was on court orders to stay away from Circle K and LCBO locations in the city.

Defence lawyer Ken Walker told the court that his client had been released on bail following the earlier incidents.

He was to go to treatment with the Indian Friendship Centre, but "he went off the rails" following his mother's unexpected death.

Daigle was residing with her, and ended up homeless after her boyfriend threw him out, Walker said.

"He was living on the street and coping with alcohol." 

Walker told Dunn that the accused has spent 43 days in custody and a further 10 months would allow him to go into treatment.

"It is essentially more of a 12-month sentence," he said, describing the crimes of "stealing cookies and candy" as "petty thievery."

Pritchard noted Daigle's criminal record includes 30 convictions for theft and 21 for breach of probation, as well additional counts for violating orders.

But for the Gladue factors and his addiction, he would be looking at a more lengthy sentence, the prosecutor said.

When she imposed sentence, Dunn described it as in the range, and said she was taking into account the guilty pleas as well as Daigle's many related convictions.

The judge also placed him on probation for 12 months with conditions that he stay away from the various businesses where he committed his crimes.

She recommended that Daigle serve his sentence and receive treatment locally at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre.

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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 35 years.
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