(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The secret is out ladies and gentlemen, security guards at the LCBO are not allowed to place their hands on you. It’s a “no-touch” policy. The numerous amounts of cameras just catch the criminal’s faces and then police put out a warrant for their arrest after they perpetrate a booze heist.
Well, aren’t you in for a surprise. One date in June, then from August 14th right up to September 12 a woman pulled off 21 LCBO alcohol HEISTS. The woman was arrested and released only to allegedly have committed 3 more LCBO heists on September 24th and 26th. A total of 24 heists happened between two LCBO locations in town, the one located at the Thunder Centre, 969 Fort William Road and the Arthur Street location located at 1095 Arthur Street.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service entered into an investigation and identified the woman using surveillance footage. A warrant for her arrest was issued. As a result of their investigative measures, police have arrested and charged 24-year-old Nikki Johnson. That’s one heist for every year she’s been alive. Johnson was previously released on 21 counts of theft from the LCBO but is now alleged to have pulled off three more heists and failed to appear for fingerprinting since her release. Her charges in total are:
- Theft under $5000 x24.
- Failing to appear for fingerprints.
Dates of alleged heists (Note: Some days had more than 1 heist performed):
- June 22, 2019.
- August 14, 2019.
- August 15, 2019.
- August 20, 2019.
- August 23, 2019.
- August 24, 2019.
- August 26, 2019.
- August 27, 2019.
- August 31, 2019.
- September 1, 2019.
- September 3, 2019.
- September 10, 2019.
- September 11, 2019.
- September 12, 2019.
- September 19, 2019.
- September 24, 2019.
- September 26, 2019.
- September 27, 2019.
She appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station (A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”). Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up!” Van Kessel and a law student was present on behalf of Ryan Green.
The Crown tells the court that Johnson has found herself in a reverse-onus situation which means that the onus is on her to show the courts why she should be released from jail. Further, the court hears that the Crown will be seeking Johnson’s detention in jail, meaning they are opposed to her release from jail. Primary and secondary grounds are cited as concerns regarding Johnson’s release.
Primary ground concerns mean that the Crown believes that if Johnson were to be released, she is substantially likely not to return to court to handle these matters. Secondary ground concerns tell us that the Crown believes there is a substantial likelihood that the accused will either become a public safety concern, re-offend or both, should they be released.
Ryan Green’s law student requests that the matter returns to court tomorrow. This will give them more time to come up with a bail plan if one is possible.
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Neill orders Johnson to remain in jail for the time being. She will return to court tomorrow for another swing at getting released.