A Kennard woman who stole two paintings from a Blair business was sentenced to probation Tuesday in Washington County District Court.

Ann Penke, 59, pleaded no contest Feb. 26 to theft by unlawful taking, a Class 1 misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement.

Judge John E. Samson sentenced Penke to two years probation and ordered she pay $60 in restitution to Bomgaars.

Penke was arrested Dec. 14.

According to an arrest affidavit, Blair police were called to Bomgaars, 1410 S. 19th St., for the theft of two paintings.

Surveillance video allegedly shows Penke, wearing a black jacket, pick up two paintings, valued at $15.99 and between $21.99 and $29.99, and walk back to the pet food aisle, where she gets a cart and places a bag of cat food in it.

A few minutes later, Penke exits an aisle and is no longer wearing her jacket. Instead it is wrapped up in the front of the cart.

Penke pays for the cat food with a check and exits the store. An employee who followed her out to retrieve the cart reported seeing Penke pick up the coat with two hands, which he said gave him the impression something was underneath the coat. He saw it was yellow and box shaped.

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