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$14K donated to Ohio fountain change theft suspect

Published: Wed, October 23, 2013 @ 3:00 p.m.

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — More than $14,000 has been donated online to help a western Ohio woman who said she stole change from a courthouse fountain to buy food and was charged with petty theft.

Police allege Deirdre Romine took $2.87 from a fountain at the Logan County Courthouse in Bellefontaine this month. Romine has said she didn’t think the money belonged to anyone and she was jobless and trying to feed herself and her cats.

Police Chief Brandon Standley says Romine lied when an officer questioned her and found the change. He says that’s why the officer determined a citation was merited.

The 38-year-old Romine pleaded not guilty. Her trial is scheduled next month. Officials hope to resolve the case sooner.

Standley tells WBNS-TV the town fountain shouldn’t be anyone’s income source.


1Roger_Thornhill(952 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

They charged her for taking $2.87 to feed her and her cat?!?!?!

What an unbelievable waste of govt resources. Glad people are helping her out.

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2southsidedave(5126 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I can understand the woman's plight...hopefully this publicity will get her some much-needed help

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3JoeFromHubbard(1482 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

It must be the principle of the thing.

She allegedly stole $2.87 while the local government will spend hundreds to prosecute her.

Makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

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