Ohio woman charged in theft of $2.87 from fountain - New York News

Ohio woman charged in theft of $2.87 from fountain

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Deidre Romine(WBNS) Deidre Romine(WBNS)

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

WBNS in Columbus reports the woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A police report alleges 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.

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

The city is listed as the victim in the case, owning the change in the fountain.  The city's safety director says officials hope to resolve the case before the November trial.

The site, Connecttohome.com reported that Romine is mentally disabled and was walking home from the group's Our Daily Bread when she passed the fountain.

“My lease is up here and they are asking me to leave,” Romine continued. “I was just trying to get food for me and my cats — that’s it. It’s really hard for me.”

Because she’s disabled, Romine told Connect to Home that she gets $300 per month from Social Security. She also gets assistance for her heating and electricity but it’s still not enough — at least not enough for her current place, which is why she has to leave. If she is able to buy the trailer, she estimates her Social Security should be able to cover the lot space for the trailer.

A donation page for Deidre Romine has been set up for Deidre Romine on gofundme.  It had raised almost $1,000 by Thursday morning.

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