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A former cleaning lady will probably do a lot of cleaning now from inside prison. Andrea Lawton, 46, was fired from her job as a cleaning lady at a Bryn Mawr home. To exact revenge, she stole a plaster bust of Benjamin Franklin worth millions of dollars.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Valued at $3 million, Lawton did not know the value of the item she was stealing with an unnamed male accomplice, she only knew that it was a prized possession.
Lawton then fled with the statue, leaving it overnight in a dumpster near her apartment, then later attempting to flee to Alabama when she saw herself on the news.
Lawton was later captured when she exited a bus in Maryland. She is now being held on $1 million bail.
The statue was cracked during her run from the law and will have to be restored.
Lawton says she regrets the crime and that she already misses her family. It is unknown how much time she will face for the theft.
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