Woman charged with stealing medication after trapping victim in a car

Rosie Mullaley
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Rebecca Kelland is escorted out of provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday morning after appearing before a judge on several charges, including robbery and forcible confinement. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A woman suspected of stealing another woman’s medication after refusing to let her out of a car appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday morning.

Rebecca Kelland of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s faces almost a dozen charges in connection with five separate incidents.

The most serious happened at around 11:30 a.m. on July 9, after she reportedly picked up a 55-year-old woman in front of Iris Kirby House, a women’s shelter in the west end of the city. Once the woman was inside the vehicle, police say, Kelland refused to let her out.

Kelland was said to have finally let the woman go on Southside Road, but not before giving up her purse, which contained medication and other personal items.

Kelland has been charged with robbery, forcible confinement, breach of probation and breach of undertaking in connection with the incident. The 24-year-old was in custody at the Women’s Correctional facility in Clarenville when those charges were laid.

She had been arrested and jailed on July 14 on two counts of possessing illegal drugs and breaching probation.

She also faces charges of stealing from the Newfoundland Liquor Corp. on July 28, 2012; breaking into a Jehovah’s Witness building on Topsail Road and breaching probation on May 4 of this year; and failing to attend court on July 11 of this year.

Kelland agreed to go back to jail until her next court date on Thursday. The RNC is asking anyone with information in relation to these crimes to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). People can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Iris Kirby House, RNC, Crime Stoppers Newfoundland Liquor

Geographic location: Portugal Cove, Southside Road, Clarenville Topsail Road

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  • William Todd
    August 01, 2013 - 13:44

    I think the province should do more for people that are addicted to drugs. This girl is from a wonderful family who love her with lots of support but she is an ADDICT. Why don't the province have a decent drug rehab here. Right now you have to send people out of the province at their own expense or through MCP but it is a long wait and many of them don't survive the waiting period. They are talking about all the crime in Newfoundland but it is because there's so much alcohol and drug addiction here. These people will do anything for drugs and you have no idea of the collateral damage to society. So instead of judging all the drug addicts!!! Do something to help them, their families and society as a whole or there will me more crimes like this escalating. Contact your MPs, MHAs, don't turn a blind eye and think it cannot happen to you IT CAN.