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October 27, 2011 - 4:56pm

Photo: 'I stole art from Glass Roots'

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime, downtown, Glass Roots.

A young woman worked an agreement with Jeremy Almeter, owner of Glass Roots on Center Street, to avoid criminal charges after she was caught on video making an art heist from the shop. The woman walked out the front door with two paintings on the very first day Almeter was using a video surveilance system installed by Rich Clark of Computer and Phone Repair (CPR). Almeter and the woman made an agreement not to release her name. She walked in front of the store for two hours today carrying the sign reading "I stole art from Glass Roots."

George Richardson
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Last seen: 4 years 10 months ago
Joined: Dec 10 2008 - 9:33am

She stole art, facilitating and obligating Howard Owens to make art, with his camera, and a local business got some free advertising via "The Batavian." One loser, two winners, the American way.

Robert Caplick
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Last seen: 4 years 11 months ago
Joined: Apr 2 2010 - 1:25pm

Any free press is good press... one of the draw backs of batavia as a store owner is the high rate of theft. I had stuff disappear at least 3 times & the front window broken in when I had a biz in the area...

JT Hunt
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Last seen: 2 years 4 months ago
Joined: Dec 23 2008 - 1:58pm

why not just sew a scarlet "A" to her for "art theft"? oh wait, been done already. pass me a Corona :)

Cj Gorski
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Last seen: 2 years 1 week ago
Joined: Mar 31 2010 - 9:57pm

Sly puns JT.

RICHARD L. HALE's picture
Last seen: 1 month 3 days ago
Joined: May 22 2009 - 9:50pm

Didn't want your name released? D-U-H. Should have worn the glasses with the big nose and mustache, BEFORE they took your picture!!

Doug Yeomans
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Last seen: 4 days 3 hours ago
Joined: Feb 13 2009 - 8:28am

Richard, it's not like people won't know who she is when they drive by and see her with the sign around her neck. Withholding her name is kind of irrelevant in a town like Batavia.

I actually prefer this kind of outcome over police action, arrest and court costs to tax payers. I think she should have to pay the merchant for the price of the stolen property, also, even if the property is recovered undamaged.

Shaming a person into acceptable behavior for petty crimes should be used more often as a form of punishment. I believe people respond better when they're openly accountable to their peers, family and to the people in their community that they have to rub shoulders with every day.

Lets also not forget about the option of community service. If you steal from a merchant, you've also stolen from the community by creating an atmosphere of mistrust between the merchant and anyone that walks through their door.

Ritchie Kirkum Jr
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Last seen: 2 years 11 months ago
Joined: Dec 8 2008 - 2:46pm

It's amusing that she "had" to steal art, but certainly can afford $80 Hollister Sweat Pants.

Doug Yeomans
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Last seen: 4 days 3 hours ago
Joined: Feb 13 2009 - 8:28am

Ritchie, did she steal those, too? I thought they kinda looked like Walmart specials and might have said "LADY" across the butt. Even if you pay $80 for sweats, they still look cheap and trashy.

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