(LONGLAC, ON) – On October 3rd, 2019, officers with the Greenstone detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to the Y.N.T. variety in Longlac after reports that a woman had pulled of a heist, leaving the store victimized. Police started their investigation and as a result, arrested 32-year-old Savannah Legarde of Ginoogaming First Nation.
She was released on a promise to appear, officer in charge undertaking. She was scheduled to appear in a Greenstone courtroom on December 18th, 2019 to being answering to the charges. But wait! There’s more!
The “Fresh Mart” located at 103 Hamel Ave in Longlac fell victim to two back to back heists in early November. It appears that Legarde’s arrest slowed her down, but not for long, allegedly. Two separate incidents at the Fresh Mart left the store out of money. When products are stolen, stores often have to increase the prices on other products to make up for the loss.
On November 9th, 2019 Legarde is alleged to have stolen an amount of baby food. The following day, it is alleged that she stole a woman’s shave kit. Once again, hardworking Greenstone OPP officers investigated the incidents and made an arrest. Once again, 32-year-old Savannah Legarde of Ginoogaming First Nation was arrested, except this time officers held her to appear in court.
On Monday, November 11th, Legarde appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom via video link from the Greenstone OPP detachment. She appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and two duty counsel lawyers, the highly intelligent Emily Morris and up and coming Justin Mcconnell.
The Crown tells the courts that Legarde is in a “reverse-onus” situation due to having outstanding charges brought before the courts via the 524 application. There are concerns floating around the secondary grounds regarding the release of Legarde, this means the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that Legarde might either become a public safety concern, re-offend, or both, should she be released.
That being said, the Crown proposes the follow conditions to release Legarde on.
- Reside in the 100 block of Poplar Crescent in Ginoogaming First Nation (Momma’s house).
- Do not attend Y.N.T. variety in Longlac.
- Do not attend Fresh Mart in Longlac.
Duty counsel tells the court that they have spoken to the accused before court and that the conditions were canvassed already. Legarde apparently said that her mother will help her get groceries so not being able to goto Fresh Mart will not be an issue.
Legarde is granted release and has a future court date in Greenstone scheduled to begin answering to the charges. Often, people will steal various items and exchange them for drugs or alcohol from local trap houses and dealers.