Caught on camera: Woman charged for stealing flowers from Sheffield Lake bridge

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SHEFFIELD LAKE, OH — A woman from Sheffield Lake is caught on camera stealing flowers from the city’s covered bridge.

“She was observed by a dispatcher on video stealing these flowers and that lead to us checking the video further. We saw that the same lady was there on four different days,” said Sheffield Lake Police Chief Tony Campo.

He said they weren’t sure who the woman was at first, but they were determined to find out.

He said they posted still photos of her online and someone finally recognized her.

Her name is Deborah Stottlemire and she’s a resident of Sheffield Lake.

“She wanted flowers for her house and actually these flowers were planted at her house when an officer went there to speak to her,” he recalls.

The 63-year-old is now being charged with petty theft. She’ll also have to pay back the city for all the damage she caused.

“I just think it’s sad,” said Lovette Malatarich.

She lives in Sheffield Lake and said she can’t believe someone would take those flowers, especially since they were planted by Girl Scouts.

“My daughter is a Brownie and the day they planted flowers for the area that they were going to meet in, they were so excited. Not that it made any difference that Brownies planted it, but it’s just nice to walk here and see the flowers,” she said.

The Chief said this isn’t Stottlemire’s first run in with the law. She was caught stealing once before.

“We had a previous incident with her in December of last year over a petty theft at a local store,” he said.

FOX 8 reached out Stottlemire for a comment and she said she is very sorry for what she did and that it was a mistake.

She plans to replace all the flowers that she took.

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