Crown seeks jail for serial thief

A man accused of a crime spree that resulted in 66 charges in Yorkton and Regina has pleaded guilty to 19 charges and will be sentenced February 3.

Sheldon Estey appeared before Yorkton Judge Ross Green November 18. Legal Aid attorney Deanna Harris entered guilty pleas to four counts of theft, one count of possession of the proceeds of crime, three counts of committing public mischief by providing a false name to police, two counts of obstruction of justice, one count of identity theft, one count of possession of marijuana and six counts of breach for failing to keep the peace and for consuming alcohol contrary to an existing undertaking.

The charges stemmed from a period in late July and involved a number of Yorkton retail outlets including Walmart, Superstore, Giant Tiger and Dollarama.

Harris sought and was granted a pre-sentence report. Green scheduled sentencing for February 3.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Wyatt adjourned 23 other Yorkton charges until the sentencing date, when proceedings will likely be stayed.

Due to the sheer volume of charges and Estey’s criminal history, the Crown proceeded by way of indictment and is seeking significant jail time.

A total of 24 other similar charges out of Regina were waived back to the capital. Estey will appear in court there on December 2 to enter pleas on those charges.

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