A man who stole from a local pharmacy twice in one week, making away with more than $800 worth of merchandise has been sentenced to two months in jail.
Troy Beaulieu, 29, pleaded guilty in Brandon provincial court on Monday to two counts of theft under $5,000.
On Aug. 8, employees from the Shoppers Drug Mart on Victoria Avenue East called police reporting a man had entered the store and stole approximately $200 worth of items, Crown attorney Yaso Mathu said.
Video surveillance showed the man, who was later identified as Beaulieu, leaving the store with a number of items that had not been paid for.
Police were unable to locate him, but received a second report regarding Beaulieu less than a week later on Aug. 14, Mathu said, after a witness reported a theft from the same Shoppers Drug Mart.
The witness told police they observed Beaulieu steal several items in two backpacks he was carrying, Mathu said, before getting into a vehicle and leaving.
Officers went to the Shoppers Drug Mart and learned Beaulieu had stolen $651.95 worth of items, including two electric toothbrushes and a hair straightener.
Beaulieu was located and arrested approximately a month later.
"(Beaulieu) seems to be resorting to thefts from businesses in Brandon and the surrounding areas … which are suffering as a result of his choices," Mathu said.
Defence lawyer Billy Marks told the court Beaulieu has been struggling with addiction, but is committed to getting help and seeking treatment.
"Mr. Beaulieu uses meth on the streets, but this isn’t someone who has always been involved. He’s someone who has developed this addiction," Marks said.
Judge John Combs sentenced Beaulieu to two months in jail followed by one year of probation.
"Your situation is not unfamiliar. Many people who have an addiction seem to be in a constant cycle of stealing to feed their addiction," Combs said. "Hopefully your commitment to deal with this problem remains after you get released … otherwise we’re going to see you back again where you are right now."
Beaulieu was also ordered to repay Shoppers Drug Mart $851.95.
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