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Accused says she took $2.87 for food

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — A western Ohio woman charged with petty theft for allegedly stealing $2.87 from a courthouse fountain said she is jobless and took the change to buy food.

WBNS-TV in Columbus reported that the woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A police report alleges that she stole the change Oct. 7 from the Logan County Courthouse fountain in Bellefontaine and an officer asked her what she was doing and found change in her pocket.

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The woman said she worries she’ll end up in jail for taking money that she said didn’t belong to anyone. She said she has no job, is on the verge of losing her apartment, and was trying to feed herself and her four cats.

The city’s safety director said officials hope to resolve the case before the November trial.

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