WAKEFIELD — A 63-year-old man explained to the judge that he didn’t understand why he was being charged by Richmond police with stealing hundreds of dollars worth of high-cost items from the Richmond Stop & Shop, but said he “wanted to end it” in 4th Division Court Thursday.
Gerald Theberge, 63, of Warwick, pleaded no contest to a charge of shoplifting meat and seafood estimated at between $300 to $500 from the store, although he explained to Judge Madeline Quirk he didn’t understand because he just forgot to pay. When the judge suggested he plead not guilty and seek the services of an attorney if he believed he was innocent of the charge, Theberge declined.
Richmond Detective Drew Bishop, the court representative from the police department, in describing the incident said grocery store workers said Theberge “passed all points of purchase” and was in the parking lot of the Kingstown Road store when workers called police. The judge asked Bishop if Theberge had any previous convictions in the last few years, to which the detective cited three, one for shoplifting for which he received a sentence of six months probation; and disorderly conduct, which resulted in six months probation; and obstruction, another three months probation.
Quirk sentenced Theberge to a one-year suspended prison term with a consecutive year of probation. She ordered him not to trespass at Stop & Shop and ordered restitution to the store for the cost of the groceries. He hesitated when restitution was mentioned, but accepted the sentence.
— A.J. Algier