October 28th, 2020

Woman accused of stealing taxi sentenced on other charges


By Shurtz, Delon on April 4, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A woman accused of robbing a taxi driver last November and stealing his car has been sentenced on unrelated charges.

Kimberlie Rose Eagle Speaker pleaded guilty Friday in Lethbridge provincial court to charges of breaching probation, failing to comply with release conditions, possession of stolen property, theft under $5,000, shoplifting and drug possession.

The charges relate to separate incidents earlier this year and in 2019, when she was caught with a stolen credit card and caught shoplifting $250 worth of lingerie. She also stole a credit card and $40 cash from a friend who found Eagle Speaker crying on her doorsteps and allowed her to sleep in her home.

On another occasion police noticed Eagle Speaker and another person downtown where they were taking drugs. Police seized a small amount of methamphetamine.

Eagle Speaker, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, was sentenced to a total of 16 days in jail. However, she was given full credit for time she’s already spent in custody since January and was released.

Eagle Speaker is scheduled to return to court June 10 when she faces charges of robbery, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, theft of a vehicle, possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of a recognizance.

At about 7:40 a.m. Nov. 11, 2019 a police officer was flagged down by an injured man in the Tim Hortons parking lot on Mildred Dobbs Boulevard North. The 68-year-old man told police two women robbed him and stole his taxi cab after he was dispatched to pick up a customer at 7-Eleven on 13 Street North.

One of the women pulled out a knife during the drive, while the other woman was reportedly armed with a gun. The driver stopped the vehicle and after a brief fight managed to escape with non-life-threatening injuries.

The women then took off in the cab with the driver’s cash, tablet and cellphone.

The taxi was found abandoned in a northside alley, but police followed two sets of footprints to a residence in the 2000 block of 13 Avenue North.

Jessica Mae Eagle Speaker also faces charges in relation to the incident and is scheduled to return to court June 2.

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