(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 9th, 2019, a woman entered the LCBO located at 1095 Arthur Street and stole a bottle of alcohol. She left behind a backpack. Hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service started an investigation and after reviewing surveillance footage, they identified the suspect who stole the bottle via the backpack that was left behind.
The backpack contained personal and identifying items that resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old Caroline Quissis? (last names spelling is unconfirmed). Quissis was just put on probation about 3 days before this incident.
Quissis was held pending a court appearance that happened this morning. She appeared in court via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
Quissis is facing the following charges stemming from that incident:
- Theft under $5000.
- Breaching a probation order made on November 6th, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
The Crown tells the court that Quissis is in a Crown-onus situation, which means the burden falls on the Crowns shoulders to show the court why Quissis should remain in jail. Further, court hears that the Crown has concerns on the secondary grounds regarding the release of the accused. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes there is a substantial likelyhood for the accused to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, or both, should they be released.
That being said, the Crown decides to release Quisses today and offers an undertaking bail plan with the following conditions:
- Reports your address within 24 hours of being released from police custody.
- Not to attend any LCBO in Thunder Bay.
The Crown canvasses the accused and asks where they will be living. Quissis responds with “The Shelter House or my sisters house.”. A few seconds of silence falls over the courtroom and you can feel a sadness clinch the room for that time.
Duty counsel requests December 13th, 2019 as the return date for Quissis, that request is granted and Quissis is ordered released from police custody.