Utah mayor pleads guilty in medication theft

Monday , August 25, 2014 - 5:43 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A mayor Altamont, of a small eastern Utah town, has pleaded guilty to shoplifting an allergy medication from the community’s only grocery store.

Police said Mayor Clyde Watkins took a package of Zyrtec from the shelf at Swasey’s Food Town on June 25. He opened the box, pocketed the bottle of pills and left.

Watkins, 54, told The Deseret News (http://bit.ly/1vHAAWm ) he went to his bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints immediately, and later apologized to the store owner and manager.

Court records show Watkins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge. No attorney was listed for Watkins, and efforts to contact him were unsuccessful.

Watkins is a three-term leader of the approximately 230-person town of Altamont. He told the newspaper he doesn’t plan on shoplifting again.

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