By Shurtz, Delon on December 12, 2019.
A woman who broke into a residence last year and was caught with several items of stolen property, including a vehicle, has avoided jail, but not custody.
Taylor Christine Sander was placed on house arrest Wednesday during a sentencing hearing in Lethbridge provincial court. The house arrest, which will be in effect for six months, is part of an 18-month conditional sentence Sander received Wednesday. Following her term of house arrest, she will be subject to a curfew for six months.
Sander pleaded guilty Sept. 24 to single counts of motor vehicle theft and being unlawfully in a dwelling, and four counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
Lethbridge police received a complaint June 21 of last year that there was a break-in at a campground and a 2011 Subaru Outback had been stolen. Four days later police identified Sander and a man as suspects in residential break-ins and thefts in Lethbridge and area.
On June 27 police saw Sander and the man at a gas station with the vehicle, and although they fled, Sander was caught shortly afterward with a number of stolen items from residential break-ins, including jewelry and identification belonging to other people.
Sander was arrested and confessed to the crimes, including entering a home on the westside. She also had knowledge of various items stolen by the other suspect, and was with him when the vehicle was stolen.
During her hearing in September, Lethbridge lawyer Greg White said Sander was, at the time of the offences in 2018, “heavily into drugs,” but is now in a stable relationship, receiving treatment and taking counselling.
“She has turned her life around,” White told the judge.
He also said his client was only a party to the offences.
Sander must, as part of her sentence, adhere to several conditions, including she keep the peace and be of good behaviour, abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs, not have alcohol or illicit substances in her home, attend substance abuse treatment, and avoid any contact with Joshua Anthony Woodruff.
Woodruff pleaded guilty in July 2018 to several charges in relation to the case, and admitted he took a friend’s vehicle without permission. He broke into six Lethbridge homes, most of them on the westside, and stole jewelry, electronics gift cards, personal identification, a truck key and cash, including foreign currency. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
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