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-TV in Columbus reports the woman pleaded not guilty. A police report alleges she stole the change Oct. 7 from the Logan County Courthouse fountain in Bellefontaine (behl-FOWN’-tihn), 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’s safety director says officials hope to resolve the case before the trial.


Already Gone

Police say a robber left with no money for his trouble when he arrived at a northwestern Pennsylvania pizzeria just after the crew had made a night bank deposit.

The Erie Times-News reports the man walked into a Papa John’s store in Erie early one Thursday wearing a black mask and carrying a revolver.

When an employee told the robber that the deposit had already been made, the suspect ran away.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, which Erie police say was the fifth targeting of a business that month — including three aimed at pizzerias.

Source: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com