$9 in potato chips; 30 days in jail

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall man with a lengthy criminal history for shoplifting has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing potato chips from a city business.

Gilles Desforges, 42, was sentenced this morning (Thursday) by Judge Diane Lahaie following a plea on two charges – theft under $5,000 and breach of probation.

Court heard Desforges was caught by a loss prevention officer at the Dollarama on Second Street East after he took six bags of potato chips from a shelf, carried them into another aisle and stuffed them in his backpack, then tried to leave the store.

The chips were worth about $9, court heard.

During his sentencing, Desforges said he has been “clean” for seven months and has given up his shoplifting ways.

Judge Lahaie noted that the 30 days in jail was a lenient sentence considering his previous conviction carried a heavier penalty.

Desforges’ lawyer, Don Johnson, asked that his client be considered for early release, which the court acknowledged.