Stephanie Deschene

Four years for ‘prolific offender’

A woman arrested last spring following a four-month crime spree has been sentenced to four years in jail.

A woman arrested last spring following a four-month crime spree has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Twenty-year-old Stephanie Rene Deschene – identified by police earlier this year as one of their top 10 most wanted car thieves – learned her penalty this week in Surrey Provincial Court.

Deschene was arrested  in a stolen vehicle May 24 by members of the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT).

She later pleaded guilty to 13 charges in connection with offences in Surrey, Langley, Kelowna, Merritt, Kamloops, Pritchard and Sicamous between January and May of this year: six counts of break-and-enter, two counts of theft, two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, robbery, possession of stolen property and driving while disqualified.

In announcing the sentence Thursday, IMPACT spokesman Sgt. Gord Elias noted that while Deschene’s crimes mostly involved stealing vehicles and breaking into residences, “her attempt to avoid apprehension proved to be much more dangerous to both the public and the police.”

Elias cited an incident in Merritt in which Deschene almost ran over an RCMP officer with a stolen car when the officer responded to a report of a residential break-in. In Sicamous, Deschene hit and ran over the leg of a man who was trying to stop her from stealing his pickup truck, Elias said.

“Four years in a federal institution for this prolific offender is a significant sentence and should mean that our homes and vehicles will be somewhat safer for some time to come,” Elias said.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wally Oppal says policing ‘too important’ to be left to the police

Oppal was keynote speaker at a Surrey Board of Trade “Hot Topic Dialogue” breakfast event Wednesday

Surrey man charged with murder in West Kelowna tries to change guilty plea

Following an shocking guilty plea on Feb. 25, Tejwant Danjou applied to retract that plea on Feb. 26

17 medals for Delta athletes at 2020 BC Winter Games

More than 1,000 athletes from across the province competed in Fort St. John Feb. 20-23

Surrey skater speeds his way to four golds, a silver at BC Winter Games

‘I just really enjoy going fast on the ice,’ says Barnett Liu, 14

‘Urgent’ need for Metro Vancouver homeless count volunteers

Organizers say another 100 people are sought to help in Surrey and Burnaby

VIDEO: Minister says consider coronavirus outbreak when planning for spring break

Foreign Affairs minister points to rash of new cases appearing in places like Italy and Iran

Donations pour in for family who lost father, son in fatal crash on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Alberta tourist dies after plunge from 70-metre cliff in Stanley Park

The 26-year-old hopped a fence at Prospect Point on fell to a walkway below, police said

B.C. man who pulled a gun on off-duty cop gets two years in prison

Encounter also led police to a home where 100 guns and explosives were found

New Westminster woman’s ‘out of character’ disappearance probed by police

She left without telling anyone, prompting investigation by Major Crimes Unit, police say

EDITORIAL: Fraser Health needs to be transparent to fight coronavirus panic

Fraser Health and other authorities are not helping by being vague in recent communications

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart rescues puppy from Langley shelter

American actress named her adopted pup Milo

How clean is your favourite local restaurant or café?

Online inspection reports allow consumers to find health hazard of all food facilities in region

Most Read