PICTOU – A Stellarton woman will be spending the next eight months confined to her home after pleading guilty to numerous theft charges.
Rebecca Kristine MacKinnon, 26, was sentenced in Pictou provincial court to a 21-month conditional sentence order that includes eight months of house arrest in connection with a series of thefts from local stores and a bank between February and May 2013.
Facts read in court Wednesday concluded that MacKinnon stole $800 from the Bank of Nova Scotia in February after depositing blank envelopes into a bank machine.
She also pleaded guilty to theft of videos and food from Atlantic Superstore on two separate occasions and theft of merchandise from Staples as well as Tim Hortons on two different dates.
Police also charged her with breaking a basement window in a home in March.
MacKinnon told police she committed the thefts because she needed money quickly, but she failed to offer any apologies for crimes. A pre-sentence report indicated she is suffering from mental health issues and has refused to take her medication in the past.
Defence lawyer Doug Lloy said his client describes her upbringing as a "horror show," but she is currently in a good relationship with a common-law husband.
He said his client doesn't have a prior criminal record and believes she could fulfil the requirements of a CSO and abide by its strict conditions.
Both the Crown and defence came to a common agreement that a 12-month CSO would be a suitable sentence for MacKinnon, but Judge Del Atwood extended that a bit further by ordering she serve a 21-month sentence.
Stand-alone orders for restitution were also ordered for the Bank of Nova Scotia as well as the three retail stores where the thefts occurred.