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Arizona woman gets probation for stealing from Aspen stores

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — An Arizona woman is spending a year on probation for stealing $3,000 in clothes and shoes from downtown Aspen shops.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/1HaiEHE) prosecutors yanked a plea deal that would have removed a felony charge when they learned Kimberly Ann Gardner also has theft charges pending in California for arrests made months after the Colorado incident.

Gardner denies involvement in the California cases.

Police arrested Gardner after she was identified in surveillance footage as a suspect in a September theft at an Aspen sporting goods store.

Officers searched her purse and found clothing with tags still attached. More than a dozen other items were found in her vehicle.

She’ll spend her probation in Arizona. Defense attorney Mark Rubinstein says she’s paid restitution to the Colorado stores.

Rubenstein said while not an excuse, Gardner’s ex-husband influenced her behavior.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/

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