(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – A woman has been arrested and charged with having numerous stolen items with her. She found herself appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning to begin sorting out these criminal matters.


38-year-old Sarah Shelley appeared in court via telephone from the Sioux Lookout OPP detachment this morning. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding along with Crown Attorney VanKessel and duty counsel lawyer Andrew Desmoulin.

Shelley has been charged in regards to a November 25th incident where police arrested her and recovered some stolen property. Her charges are:

  • Possession of stolen property under $5000 (Manitoba license plates)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000 (various)
  • Did willfully obstruct police by providing a false name and date of birth
  • Possession of a stolen credit card (ScotiabankΒ Visa)
  • Breaching bail conditions (curfew 11:00 pm to 6:00 am)
  • Failing to comply with probation order (keep the peace and be of good behaviour) x2

The Crown informs us that this is a β€œreverse-onus” situation and that Shelley will have to show the courts why she should be released. There are concernsΒ on the primary and secondary grounds regarding her release.

Primary grounds means the Crown doesn’t believe it’s likely the accused will return to court. Secondary ground concerns means that the crown may believe one of the following:

  • It’s substantiallyΒ likely the accused will re-offend
  • It’s likely the accused will become a public safety concern
  • The accused may interfere with the administration of justice

Duty counsel speaks to Shelley on the record, and lets her know that he will be contacting her lawyer that works out of Windsor, Ontario, to inform her of her arrest. He also requests the matter be put over to Monday in a Sioux Lookout bail court for the matter to be re-addressed.

The Justice of the Peace grants the remand request, and orders Shelley to remain in jail until at least tomorrow.



  1. For anyone who reads the article on Sarah Shelley. She was in a horrible position. 2000KMS FROM her hometown. She was stranded in Winnipeg because she did not have I.D. Amonsgt many other things she was just trying to get home to me. Please realize this and know she is a great person. That she did it without malicious intent. Just in fear of not getting home left in a city where she didn’t know anyone to help her. In that situation most would have done the same. I just want her back safe once her debt to society has been fulfilled.

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