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Former pioneer museum director gets community service for stealing institution's artifacts


RIVERTON, Wyoming — A former Fremont County Pioneer Museum director has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for taking artifacts from the institution she oversaw.

The Ranger of Riverton reports (http://bit.ly/1MBWh6W ) that Carol Thiesse was sentenced Friday. She was convicted of theft in August for stealing a series of items that were reported missing from the museum after she was fired in 2012.

Investigators say they found the objects in Thiesse's home during her 2014 arrest.

Her attorney argued that she brought them the artifacts home from work and forgot about them.

The items include: four miniature saddles, a rolling cart, a set of about 800 photographs from the early 20th century, about 20 kits to make journal-style books, a set red-handled flatware, a Kodiak video camera and about 150 brochures.

Information from: The (Riverton, Wyoming) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com

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