Man chooses to wear ‘I am a thief’ sign over going to jail


GIRARD, Ohio (AP) — A man has chosen to wear a sign proclaiming he’s a thief rather than go to jail for theft in Ohio.

Forty-three-year-old Greg Davenport, of Liberty Township, pleaded no contest this month to a theft charge for stealing merchandise from a Wal-Mart store in the township in December.

A Girard Municipal Court judge found Davenport guilty. But he gave him the sentencing option of wearing a sign saying, “I am a thief. I stole from WalMart” or serving 30 days in jail.

Davenport has to wear the sign in front of the store eight hours a day for 10 days of his choosing.

Davenport says the sign is better than being in jail, and he just wants to finish his punishment.

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