Hours after being released from court on November 25, 2022, for thefts at various businesses in Gander, 37-year-old Romaine Keefe of Botwood was arrested for additional thefts she allegedly committed just after her release. She was brought back before the court and remains in custody.
On November 24, 2022, Gander RCMP responded to a report of theft at the Irving in Gander. A description of the vehicle and suspect was provided to police. The vehicle was located a short time later at Shoppers Drug Mart in Gander. Keefe, who was on probation for a conviction of theft, was arrested as she exited the pharmacy. Upon her arrest, stolen property from both businesses was recovered. Further investigation determined that Keefe was connected to a theft from the Canadian Tire Store in Gander in September of 2022. Keefe is currently before the court with six counts of theft from other commercial locations in Gander and the surrounding area.
She was held in police custody and appeared in court on November 25, 2022, to face charges of theft and breach of probation from the Irving and Shoppers Drug Mart. She was released that morning, to appear in court at a later date.
Later that day, at approximately 1:00 p.m., police received a report of multiple thefts from the Wal-Mart in Gander. Keefe was identified as being responsible for these thefts. She was located at a traffic stop on the Trans-Canada Highway and was arrested by Lewisporte RCMP.
She was remanded into custody over the weekend, appeared in court on Monday and plead guilty to one count of theft and one count of breach of probation relating to the thefts at Wal-Mart. She was sentenced to a period of incarceration and is being transported to serve her sentence.
She will appear in court again in February, 2023, to answer to her outstanding charges of theft and breach of probation.