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'Bonnie & Clyde scenario'

A woman described as the Bonnie to her boyfriend's Clyde will spend another 222 days in jail after pleading guilty to five charges stemming from four incidents across the Central Okanagan.

Kristina Anderson and Julian Hoekstra were arrested Dec. 16, 2017, after months of mail thefts in West Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland.

The first conviction stems from a December 2016 incident in which stolen mail in Peachland, fitted with a bait tracking device, led police to the couple in a car on Dobbin Road in West Kelowna, full of stolen mail.

They were released on bail, but they weren't done.

After a slew of mailbox break-ins in May 2017, 19 covert cameras were installed in Summerland community mailboxes, and on June 4, the cameras caught Anderson and Hoekstra breaking into a mailbox near McDougald and Matsu roads.

Several months later, in October, a community mailbox on Shannon Lake Road was broken into and a recently approved Wal-Mart credit card was stolen. On Oct. 29, Anderson and Hoekstra went on a “shopping spree," racking up $3,407 in charges on the card at Wal-Mart and the Real Canadian Superstore.

Surveillance footage showed the couple using the stolen credit card at Wal-Mart and the phone number used to activate the credit card was linked to Anderson.

Finally, in December, police arrested Hoekstra and Anderson, who had been living above Peachland in an RV at the end of Trepanier Road. 

Police found the $37,000 RV had also been stolen in July, and its licence plate was a fake.

When police arrived, Hoekstra was tending to a campfire, fuelled mainly by pieces of mail, and mail littered the ground and filled the RV. Three days prior, a mailbox had been looted in Talus Ridge. 

The pair have remained in custody since. 

The 38-year-old Merritt woman has two children, 19 and 13 years old, and defence counsel Colby Johnson said she has a good parenting relationship with their father.

“So are we fuelling a drug habit here or what?” asked Justice Gale Sinclair.

“No, it doesn't strike me as a drug habit,” said Johnson. “I determined it as a kind of Bonnie and Clyde scenario.

“Certainly, the two of them together have been up to no good.”

Anderson is no longer dating Hoekstra.

While Johnson asked for a conditional sentence, Sinclair sentenced Anderson to a total sentence of one year for theft of mail in West Kelowna, attempted theft of mail in Summerland, possession of a stolen credit card and possession of a stolen motorhome and stolen mail. With credit for time served, Anderson will spend another 222 days behind bars. Hoesktra is scheduled to face trial in April.

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