Thief Ordered to Guard Statues of Beavers
XENIA, OH-September 20, 2005 - A man convicted of stealing a 250-pound beaver statue has been ordered to start doing exactly the opposite: Guard 25 similar beaver statues for the next few weeks.
Common Pleas Judge Stephen Wolaver also sentenced Michael Ledford, 18, to five years' probation Monday and ordered him to pay part of the cost a city committee paid to put tracking devices on the beaver statues.
Ledford, who earlier this month pleaded no contest to a theft charge, will guard the statues on weekends until they are auctioned Oct. 15. He will be given a chair while on duty, but police will monitor him, officials said.
At least nine of the toothy fiberglass beaver statues have been vandalized, stolen at some point or moved since being installed in July on the streets of Beavercreek, a city of 40,000 just east of Dayton.
Proceeds from the auction, part of that community's 25th anniversary celebration, will be used for improvements at a senior citizens center, a community theater and a teen center.
Ledford declined comment Monday.
(Copyright 2005 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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