Woman steals lawn ornaments

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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2005

KODIAK (AP) — A woman will spend three days in jail for stealing flowers and lawn ornaments from area homes and gardens.

Lan Chicas pleaded no contest to three counts of theft and one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, complete 100 hours of community service and write apology letters to victims.

The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor stems from a case where witnesses on Woody Way Loop Road said they saw a young girl exit Chicas' van and ''tear some flowers from a retaining wall,'' the police report said.

Unlike some crimes where the thief needs food or money, Chicas did not need the flowers, Magistrate Steve Cole said during Monday's sentencing.

''It probably looked good in your yard, but still, this isn't food, this wasn't something you needed,'' Cole said.

''People really feel bad that this sort of thing has gone on,'' Assistant District Attorney Joe Slusser said. ''People like to think that their yard angel or concrete bunny isn't going to be taken.''

''This situation was quite out of character for Mrs. Chicas. She is a hardworking, conscientious person,'' said her attorney, Moshe Zorea.

Zoila Aguilar faces eight charges in the case, and is still awaiting trial.

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