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August 28, 2013

Woman is sentenced for Leavenworth courtroom theft

During a break in a friend’s trial earlier this year in Leavenworth County District Court, the woman swiped the defense lawyer’s wallet from a briefcase and went on a brief spending spree before the theft was discovered. In July, 51-year-old Theresa Quest pleaded no contest and was found guilty of theft and criminal use of a credit card. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced her to two days in jail as a condition of probation.

A trip to the courthouse to support a family friend turned into a trip to the jailhouse for a Leavenworth woman.

During a break in a friend’s trial earlier this year in Leavenworth County District Court, the woman swiped the defense lawyer’s wallet from a briefcase and went on a brief spending spree before the theft was discovered.

The lawyer initially thought he had misplaced the wallet, but it didn’t take police long to piece together what had actually happened.

A security camera in the courtroom captured the theft. Other cameras captured images of the woman making purchases with a pilfered credit card.

In July, 51-year-old Theresa Quest pleaded no contest and was found guilty of theft and criminal use of a credit card. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced her to two days in jail as a condition of probation.

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