Former store employee jailed for stealing over $13,000

Richard Froese

Independent reporter

A former employee of Extra Foods in Stettler who stole over $13,000 from the business will spend the next few months behind bars.

Beverley Ellen Marek was sentenced in Stettler Provincial Court on Aug. 13 to four months in prison for stealing $13,542.49 from Extra foods over a three-month period in 2007.

“The Alberta Court of Appeal recommends imprisonment except under exceptional circumstances and I don’t see any exceptional circumstances in this case,” said Judge D. J. Plosz.

“If you steal from your employer, jail is the sentence courts have to impose.”

After completing her time in jail, Marek will serve two years probation and required to pay back the money.

“I’m really sorry for what I did,” said Marek who was employed at a Zeller’s outlet at the time she was sentenced. “I will do what I need to do to repay the money.”

Adam Roy Paskaruk of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was fined a total of $2,875 for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 milligrams, when his vehicle was driven into a tree in Stettler on 52 Street on July 14.

“Those are not accidents – those are collisions,” said Judge Plosz.

Paskaruk was fined $2,300 for the impaired charge while his license was suspended for one year and $575 for operating a vehicle while his license was suspended.

Scott MacPherson was fined $1725 for driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding .08 milligrams near Alix Arena on May 31 and he was suspended from driving for one year.

Theft of an all-terrain vehicle Rhino at White Sands led to a nine-month probation order for Mark James Bilodeau, 19, of Beaumont, for theft over $5,000 in which three other males took the vehicle for a joy ride.

“It doesn’t take a university degree to know you should keep your sticky fingers off other people’s property,” said Judge Plosz.

For the probation order, Bilideau was also required to complete 30 hours of community service, and prohibited from consuming alcohol and non-prescription drugs.

Michael Robert Baden, 22, of Bashaw was fined $1,150 for theft over $5000 when he stole a truck while impaired from Grande Cache, where he lived at the time and placed on probation for one year and prohitibted from consuming alcohol and non-prescription drugs.

Albert Gerald Beddows was fined $460 for operating a commercial vehicle without having it legally inspected in the past year. “It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure the vehicles are inspected and the onus also falls on the driver,” said Judge Plosz.

James J. Durocher was fined $460 for operating a commercial vehicle without having it legally inspected in the past year.

Andrew David Connor of Big Valley was fined a total of $250 for three counts of allowing a dog to run at large in contradiction of the Village of Big Valley dog bylaw.

Douglas Ewen Hadden was issued a peace bond for one year for assault and prohibited from consuming alcohol and non-prescription drugs.

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