The theft of a Children's Wish Foundation donation box put an eastern P.E.I. man in jail Thursday.

'You certainly stoop to a low level.' — Judge Nancy Orr

Lloyd Wilfred Ellis, 29, stole the box from the counter of a gas station in Murray River in January. He was caught on a security camera and ended up in court in Georgetown.

Ellis told authorities there was only $4 in the box and that he was embarrassed.

"Let's see how embarrassed you are," provincial court Judge Nancy Orr saidduring sentencing.

"How much money do you have on you?"

Ellis pulled $25 out of his pocket, and Orr told him he'd just made a donation to the Children's Wish Foundation. She sentenced Ellis to 15 days in jail and a year on probation. Orr also ordered him to write a letter of apology to the charity.

"You certainly stoop to a low level when you start stealing from a charitable organization", she said.

Ellis got an extra 30 days in jail for failing to attend Turning Point, a counselling group for men dealing with anger problems.