A self-described kleptomaniac has been sentenced to jail and been ordered to take theft offender treatment for three separate thefts.
“I can’t help it but to steal,” Madison Grace Young told Brandon court as she was sentenced for a trio of thefts in which she swiped clothes and liquor from Brandon shops.
Young, 20, pleaded guilty to the thefts on Thursday, and to previously failing to attend court and failing to have fingerprints taken.
On July 19, she stole two shopping bags full of clothes, $389 worth, from Winners. A sharp-eyed witness managed to get the licence plate number of the vehicle she fled in.
On Aug. 10, she was caught on surveillance video as she stole two bottles of vodka and a bottle of rye, worth a total of $86, from the Corral Centre Liquor Mart.
Finally, on Sept. 11, she returned to the same Liquor Mart and made off with two bottles of vodka with a combined value of $55. She was caught on surveillance camera again.
Defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki said the clothes were recovered after Young told police where they could be found. The young woman sold the liquor.
Sieklicki said that Young claims to have an addiction to stealing and started to steal when she was around 14 years old.
She wakes up every morning and wants to go to a store to shoplift and is addicted to the rush of taking things that don’t belong to her, Sieklicki said.
“She dreams about stealing and she does feel that she's addicted to it,” Sieklicki said.
Young was in custody for her sentencing, after having spent 19 days in custody since her arrest.
Sieklicki said that prior to being in custody, Young had no stable income. Because she would move from house to house, she couldn’t apply for social assistance.
She had two previous theft convictions on her record.
For Young’s latest offences, Judge Krystyna Tarwid sentenced her to five months minus 19 days time served.
During the one year of probation that will follow jail, Young is to take theft offender programming and any treatment related to kleptomania.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 5, 2012