Woman gets jail for teddy bear theft

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for stealing collectible teddy bears from a home and threatening two children with a gun.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports 45-year-old Denise Louise Powell apologized Thursday in Circuit Court before learning her punishment. She said “It’s obviously clear my life is a mess, and I’d like to fix that.”

In addition to jail time, a judge ordered Powell to serve two years of probation. She faced charges including larceny for the 10 stuffed collectible Steiff bears, which were taken from a Hamburg Township garage in July, as well as assault and battery for the threat.

Under a plea deal, the prosecutor’s office dismissed charges including receiving and concealing stolen property and felonious assault.

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