A pitstop to the Snack Zone at the Sedgwick County Courthouse lands a criminal in even more hot water.
Kevin Crowder, 53, was on his way to be sentenced for felony theft and misdemeanor battery when he took a detour to the Snack Zone. Here's what one eyewitness saw next:
"I went to the Snack Zone on my lunch break and saw a gentleman stuffing some candy in his pocket," said eyewitness Andrea Dolenz. "So I felt the need to report it. The lady who works there is blind and obviously couldnít catch him doing that."
"This one was a little tough to believe," said Maj. Michael Oliver with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department. "Where it was at the snack bar located just feet away from the security station. It was a crime being committed right here in the courthouse."
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department said Crowder stole Twizzlers, Reeses and some Pepperment Patties. He was arrested just 20 minutes before his sentencing for shoplifting. The Judge tells Eyewitness News, though the items didn't add up to much, it shows he wasn't truely sorry for his previous convictions. He then handed Crowder the maximum sentence: 15 months for theft, 6 months for battery. And he'll serve them concurrently.
Many who work at the courthouse said they make sure to keep an eye out for people who may take advantage of the cashier.
"Itís one thing if you can sit there and watch your merchandise, but she canít watch her merchandise so we watch it for her," said Dolenz. "Try to keep your eyes and ears and watch out for each other because there is a lot of traffic. You just kind of have to watch out."