Liquor and Hairspray Heist Nets Woman Charges

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(LONGLAC, ON) – Liquor and hairspray thefts are nothing new to northern Ontario. Recently, the LCBO in Longlac as well as the Fresh Mart fell victim to this β€œcrime of opportunity”.

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On June 15th, 2019 a woman allegedly entered the LCBO located at 116a Forestry Road in Longlac and stole some liqour before making their great escape. Police started their investigation at this time. The woman was arrested and released back into society with conditions not to attend the LCBO on Forestry road.

On July 2nd, 2019, the same woman is alleged to have entered the Fresh Mart located at 103 Hamel Ave in Longlac, Ontario. The woman is then said to have stolen a bottle of hairspray before fleeing the scene.

Further, and finally, the woman attended the LCBO on Forestry Road, where she is currently under bail conditions not to attend. Her presence was reported to the police and she quickly fled the scene. Members of the Greenstone detachement of the Ontario Provincial Police continued their ongoing investigation into these thefts.

Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning was a 54-year-old Jaqueline English. She appeared by video from the Greenstone detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Mason. Defence lawyer Ron Poirier is present to represent his client throughout the proceeding.

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The Crown states that English finds herself in a β€œreverse onus” situation. A reverse onus situation means that the accused has to show to the court why they should be released. This situation is often because the person was already out on bail and is alleged to have reoffended. Court hears that the Crown is concerned on the secondary grounds in regards to releasing English. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the crown believes there is substantial risk for the accused to either re-offend or become a public safety concern, should they be released.

Defence lawyer Poirier states that resolution between him and the Crown is possible after some discussions take place. He requests that his client be remanded into custody on consent until Monday.

English is ordered to remain in jail until at least Monday, where she is scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay courtroom to begin the process of answering to the charges. She is lead back to her cell at the Greenstone OPP detachment where she will await transport to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.

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