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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Police have a lesson for shoplifters: Don't try it. Or, at the very least, if you're given the chance to put something back, do it. Officers said David Ramirez, 18, of Yorba Linda learned that lesson the hard way Friday night when he allegedly tried to swipe a $9.99 bottle of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps. An employee at Albertsons supermarket on West Balboa Avenue saw a man was trying to conceal the bottle in his clothing. "The employee tells him, 'Put it back and leave.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Newport Beach police have a lesson for shoplifters: Don't try it. Or, at the very least, if you're given the chance to put something back, do it. Officers say David Ramirez, 18, of Yorba Linda learned that lesson the hard way Friday night when he allegedly tried to swipe a $9.99 bottle of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps. An employee at Albertsons supermarket at 3100 W. Balboa Ave. discovered a man trying to conceal a bottle in his clothing. "The employee tells him, 'Put it back and leave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actress Shelley Morrison, who plays the maid Rosario Salazar on the television situation comedy "Will & Grace," has been arrested on suspicion of felony shoplifting, Los Angeles police said Friday. Morrison, 66, was booked under the name Rachel Dominguez and released after she posted $20,000 bail, Officer Don Cox said. The theft allegedly occurred Wednesday at Robinsons-May in the Westside Pavilion on Pico Boulevard at Overland Avenue, Cox said.
OPINION
March 10, 2003 | Erwin Chemerinsky, Erwin Chemerinsky is a professor of law and political science at USC.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decisions upholding life imprisonment for shoplifters make reform of California's three-strikes law through the Legislature or the initiative process imperative. Today, 344 people are serving life sentences in California's prisons for shoplifting a small amount of merchandise. More than 650 individuals are serving life sentences for possessing small quantities of drugs. Such sentences make no rational sense and are inhumane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2003 | Sally Ann Connell, Special to The Times
Police in the northern San Luis Obispo County town of Atascadero are investigating the death of a 40-year-old physician after he was detained by Kmart store security officials for allegedly shoplifting. Dr. Samuel R. Kaidi, who worked as an emergency room doctor at General Hospital in San Luis Obispo, died after surgery following the incident Sunday afternoon at the Kmart in Atascadero. Kaidi was a resident of Orange, police said.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police allege that a woman who caused a fender-bender fled into a Kmart bathroom in Stuart, Fla., and tried to conceal her appearance with hair dye, makeup and a change of clothes stolen from the store. Officers said they found Melissa Anne Nunziato, 28, in the bathroom, along with empty boxes and price tags for the allegedly stolen items in the trash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Warning "if you steal again, you will go to jail," a Los Angeles County judge on Friday sentenced film star Winona Ryder to three years' probation, mental health counseling and 480 hours of community service for shoplifting designer merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. "You have disappointed many people inspired and entertained by your talents," Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox told the two-time Oscar nominee, who nodded sheepishly as he spoke sternly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2002 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Her father was gravely ill. Mother's Day was approaching, bringing with it memories of an unhappy childhood. Linda wanted an escape. So she drove to Bloomingdale's, palmed an $80 glass figurine and slipped it into a shopping bag. It took only a split second, but store security saw it all. And soon, Linda was in handcuffs, headed to jail, a harsh contrast from her lifestyle in Newport Beach. More than a year has passed since that episode, giving Linda plenty of time to reflect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2002 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
County prosecutors are recommending that film star Winona Ryder do 60 days of community service, undergo drug and psychiatric counseling, and pay more than $26,000 in fines and restitution as a result of her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. Ryder, who had faced a possible three-year prison term, is due to be sentenced Friday in a Beverly Hills courtroom for felony grand theft and vandalism.
OPINION
November 12, 2002
Winona Ryder will not be sentenced to jail, according to the prosecutor of her theft case, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Rundle ("Ryder Found Guilty in Shoplifting Case," Nov. 7). I work as a chaplain in a jail and know the difficulties women face in this environment. I am happy that Ryder does not have to endure the humiliation. How is it, though, that a celebrity who is found guilty of stealing $5,500 serves no jail sentence, while the economically poor women I meet each day, who have often stolen much less to feed or clothe their children, must serve unduly long sentences?
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