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(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ The amazing people of our local Best Buy have been contending with a string of thefts and a robbery that is alleged to have recently happened.

Allegations are that on November 18th, 2018, 31-year-old Eila May Lajeunesse entered the Best Buy, located in Thunder Bay, and did commit the offence of theft. Lajeunesse was on probation at this time, and is also alleged to have breached that probation by not โ€œkeeping the peace and being of good behaviourโ€.

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A similar situation occurredย on November 19th,2018 when Lajeunesse is alleged to have entered the same location, and commit the same criminal code offences.

Allegedly, Lajeunesse seemed to have taken a few days off and stepped up her criminal-game on November 22nd, where it is alleged she entered the store and committed the serious offence of robbery. She is alleged to have assaulted a woman during an attempt to steal.

TRCCTB was at the area Best Buy last night and noticed that there were no iPhonesย on display as usual. An employee who will not be named told us that they have had a recent rash of people attempting to rip the phones right off the display counter and bolt out the door.

Eila May Lajeunesse was arrested on the strength of a warrant and was held at the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Lajeunesse appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning by video while in custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Misbah Haque and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.

Eila May Lajeunesse is facing the following criminal charges:

  • Theft under $5000 x2
  • Robbery
  • Breach of probation x3

The Crown states that this is a โ€œcrown-onusโ€ situation, meaning that they will have to show cause as to why Lajeunesse should be detained. He further notes that Lajeunesse is alleged to have returned to the same store 3 times and committed crimes.

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Lajeunesseโ€™s criminal record is a lengthy one, filled with fraud, thefts and robbery the Crown said. Further, the Crown is opposed to Lajeunesseโ€™s release.

Duty counsel speaks to Lajeunesse in private for a few minutes, and upon returning to the courtroomย she requests the matter to be remanded to Monday so that the accusedย has time to contact her lawyer, Johnny DeBakker and form a bail plan. Should that bail plan be refused on Monday by the Crown, the plan is to schedule a bail hearing.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman orders Lajeunesse to be held in jail until at least Monday, where she will have another chance at being allowed back out into the community.

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Lajeunesse is escorted back to her jail cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service station. She will wait there until she is transported later on to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre out on Highway 61.

If anyone has an updated photo of Lajeunesse, please email it toย tips@trcctb.com

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