Theft (Sentencing Cases)

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Under $5,000


Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Prowse
1998 CanLII 18024 (NL CA)
discharge offender stole a generator--appealed $500 fine
R v CC,
2012 CanLII 16721 (NL PC), [2012] N.J. No. 121 (P.C.)
Suspended lengthy related record


Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Wright,
2013 ABCA 428 (CanLII)
$200 fine
R v Reid,
2012 CanLII 25696 (NL PC)
2 months CSO offender stole clothing on two dates--prior related record with prior CSO
R v D.W.J.,
2012 BCPC 15 (CanLII)
12 months CSO also charged with 5 breaches; over 100 prior convictions
R v Day,
2011 CanLII 8588 (NLPC)
absolute discharge
R v McLeod,
2007 YKTC 39 (CanLII)
9 months after 2 mo remand lengthy property-related record; unhelpful PSR; 6 thefts; 1 possession; 1 breach; theft to support habit
R v Callaghan,
2003 NSSC 16 (CanLII)
absolute discharge
R v Hartz,
2002 ABCA 108 (CanLII)
18 months defraud employer of $123,860; none recovered
R v Schell,
2002 ABQB 382 (CanLII) and 2002 ABQB 439 (CanLII)
discharge possession of stolen property; stereo equipment
R v Whitemanleft,
2000 ABPC 68 (CanLII)
3 months after remand possess doctors’ prescription forms; $300+ merchandise
R v Dahlin,
1992 CanLII 1204
6 months 5 thefts; long but dated criminal record; original judge gave 12 months

Breach of Trust (incl. Theft from Employer)

Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Edmunds,
2012 NLCA 26 (CanLII)
discharge guard at jail steals from employer--diagnosed with depression--heard in mental health court
R v Bjarnason,
2011 CanLII 67010 (MBCA)
4 mo CSO 18 year old; no record; $4,250.56 stolen from employer
R v Sutherland,
[2011] N.J. No. 64 (P.C.)
4 month CSO theft from employer
R v Gray,
2006 CarswellNB 808, 2007 NBCA 54 (CanLII)
6 month CSO theft of 25 Oxycodone. Offender gave a confession and stated that she was considering selling some. Crown sought 6 to 9 months jail. Defence sought shorter CSO. Leave to appeal refused ([2007] NBJ No. 235, 2007 NBCA 54 (CanLII)).

Over $5,000

Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Downey,
2012 NBCA 78 (CanLII)
15 months stolen tractor worth $66k
R v Keeping,
2012 CanLII 17398
discharge husband exercised self-help to property he wanted from ex-wife
R v Magas,
2012 ABCA 61 (CanLII)
9 months $34,545 stolen. Offender was employed to collect rents, stole rent money-judge rejected an 18 month CSO recommendation. CA upheld it.
R v Moore,
2012 ONCA 763 (CanLII)
3 years theft of a motor vehicle, valued over $5,000.

Theft from Employer

Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Mason,
2017 ONSC 1509 (CanLII)
4 months $20,000 (approx)
R v Perez
2012 ABCA 393 (CanLII)
12 months $116,000 stolen, $49k not recovered. History of gambling addiction. Overturn sentence of 2 year less a day CSO.
R v McIntosh
2012 ONCJ 216 (CanLII)
discharge RIM employee steals 12 blackberry phones
R v Suhr
[2002] O.J. No. 4315 (C.A.)
6 months theft over; employee of bell Canada stole a quantity of telephones from Bell over one year; money used to support gambling addiction
R v Bennett
(1990), 96 N.S.R.(2d) 121 (NSCA)
6 months $5,743 stolen, offender guilty of theft from employer over 1 month-- no record, age 23--under stress at time--appeal from 18 month sentence--CA says breach of trust requires jail
R v Crowell
1997 CanLII 776 (NS SC)
20 months (JR) $64,000 stolen. Offender was a former police chief charged with 5 counts of theft. Used position of trust.

Theft of a Motor Vehicle (s.333.1)

Case Name Sentence Summary
R v Houle,
2013 ABCA 141 (CanLII)
15 months + P accused stole police vehicle for joy ride. Had 37 prior offences.

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