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A Louisiana woman has been sentenced to three years in state prison after years of stealing.
Patricia Ann Buffington, 45, pleaded guilty to stealing for the third time or more on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Pike County Circuit Court.
She was previously convicted of stealing in Polk County, Iowa in May 2010 and three times in 2009, according to court records. Buffington was also guilty of theft in Des Moines, Iowa in March 2010, in Wapelo County Iowa twice in 1998 and once in 1996 and in January 1998 of robbery in Tempe, Ariz.
She was arrested on a warrant in late July because of her “extensive criminal history in other states,” according to court records and a previous failure to appear in court charge in Arizona.
Buffington was spotted by employees taking a fan out of the Orscheln’s Farm and Home Store in Bowling Green on July 25. An employee confronted Buffington and she admitted stealing the fan, but gave it back.
When the employee returned, other employees reported that several clothing items were missing from the area in which Buffington had been seen before leaving the store.
The employees then relayed the license number of the truck Buffington was riding in to area police.
About a half hour later, Louisiana police pulled the truck over and detained Buffington for the Bowling Green police.
She admitted to them that she had stolen items from Orscheln, Walmart and Dollar General in Bowling Green that same day, court records show.
A warrant has been issued for Charles Ryan St. Clair, 24, of Louisiana, by Pike County Circuit Court Judge David Ash. St. Clair did not appear Sept. 25 on a felony charge of driving without a license for the third time or more.
St. Clair was allegedly found driving without a license by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in April 2012 and June 2009 and driving while revoked in May.
St. Clair’s bond is $5,000, with 10 percent cash or surety allowed.