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Ex-Councilman Daniel Collette Pleads Not Guilty To Petty Theft At Walmart

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An ex-Ohio councilman who was arrested on charges of stealing from Walmart has pleaded not guilty to a charge of petty theft.

Former Findlay Councilman Daniel "K.C." Collette was arrested on May 18 and accused of stealing $12 worth of vitamins. Police charged Collette with a first-degree misdemeanor count of petty theft. After a local media outlet reported about the incident, Collette resigned from council May 22.

Findlay's attorney, Thomas Drake, is representing Collette. Judge Jonathan Starn is currently presiding over the case. Collette’s arrests for soliciting prostitutes in Florida in 1993 and 1995 were publicized last year, leading him to step down from his position as Hancock County assistant prosecutor.

During Collette’s alleged theft at the Walmart, he stopped in the store's electronics department and combined three bottles of Lycopene vitamins into one bottle. He then paid for the one overfilled bottle and several other items.

A Walmart loss prevention officer approached Collette after he left the building, Toledo News Now reported. He was handcuffed and taken by police to the station for booking. Collette opted against making a written statement and was released on his own recognizance.

Sources: Toledo News Now, The Courier