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Former Hawthorne mayor convicted of stealing food mixer from school district

February 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Former Hawthorne Mayor Larry Guidi was convicted Wednesday on a felony grand theft charge of stealing a commercial food mixer from the Hawthorne School District while he was serving as mayor.

Guidi was accused of stealing a food mixer and a cart from a school district warehouse on March 25, 2010, according to the prosecution. Surveillance-camera video captured him taking the cart and mixer and loading it onto a truck. Guidi also worked as an operations manager at the warehouse. He was charged in the crime in June 2010.

The mixer was later returned to the district. It was valued at $1,300.

L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Edward Miller alleged Guidi wanted the mixer for his home pizza oven.

Guidi pleaded guilty to a felony grand theft charge Wednesday. A charge of commercial burglary was dropped as a result of the guilty plea. Guidi was immediately sentenced to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The prosecution will not oppose the charge being reduced to a misdemeanor and expunged if Guidi successfully completes probation, said Miller.

City News Service contributed to this report.