(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A recent shoplifting incident in which the aftermath was caught on video has had some new details revealed to us.
But first, here is our initial coverage dated November 30th, 2019.
(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night, allegations arose that a woman stole items from the south side Renco’s grocery store. A portion of the incident was caught on video (posted later in the article).
After a struggle was caught on camera, police arrived and arrested 27-year-old Caroline Eileen Finlayson and held her in custody. Further, Finlayson was on a “conditional sentence order”, which is when criminals get to serve their jail sentence at home, similar to a “house arrest”. A warrant for her arrest was issued “quite some time ago” when allegations arose that she breached that “house arrest” order.
Finlayson appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and the very talented duo filling the duty counsel position Emily Morris and Brennan Sacevich.
Finlayson is facing the following charges:
- Theft under $5000 (Renco’s).
- Assault with intent to resist lawful arrest.
- Breaching a probation order made on October 31, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
The Crown is sternly opposed to the release of Finlayson today, Silvestro throws down the HAMMER. Finlayson refused to speak with duty counsel today as well.
She is being remanded into custody and will remain in jail at least until her next scheduled court date set for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.
Below are the videos from the incident at Renco’s yesterday evening.
Sources indicate that the Caroline Finlayson had allegedly stolen a single chocolate bar from the Renco’s located in Centennial Square, next to Victoriaville Mall. A loss prevention officer was on duty and decided to pursuit her out of the store.
Some damage was caused to the doors of the store and an arrest was effectively made.
Further, sources say that the loss prevention officer (LPO) was told by management not to do anything about tiny thefts. We have been told that the LPO had been told this on numerous occasions.
That LPO is now believed to be on the hook for the damage to the door, amounting in the hundreds of dollars as well as may lose their job at Renco’s, if they haven’t already.
Theft is a rampant problem plaguing stores all over the city. By neutering LPO’s in their duty will have the expected or ought to be expected result of increased theft.