Shoplifter sentenced to one year in jail |

Shoplifter sentenced to one year in jail

A shoplifter was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for time served and five years supervised probation after pleading no contest to second-degree burglary Monday; he also will attend a year-long residential drug treatment program.

Anthony David Vignau, 38, was arrested in March as he exited K-Mart wearing a watch that a loss prevention agent identified as having been stolen.

The store had surveillance video that showed Vignau taking items that included wrenches and watches, concealing merchandise while in a bathroom and leaving without paying.

The video reportedly showed him taking a watch and concealing it, leaving the store, then re-entering about five minutes later wearing the watch.

Grass Valley Police officers searched his vehicle in the parking lot and allegedly found tools, watches and other items reported to have been stolen from the store, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Vignau was charged with second-degree burglary and possessing an ingestion device; he pleaded no contest to the burglary charge in July.

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A motion to strike a prior felony strike was granted, which Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson noted was "lucky" for Vignau, given his substantial criminal history that includes a dozen felony cases since 1993.

"You are getting the opportunity to prove, contrary to your history, that you are remaking yourself," said Nevada County Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson, telling Vignau that he will be on a "very long" term of probation.

"You will be under our thumb for a lot longer than if you went to prison," he said.

Vignau was sentenced to 365 days in jail with credit for time served that added up to more than one year.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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