A woman who police say stole a yogurt from a Central Austin construction office trailer Thursday is being charged with a state jail felony punishable by an up to a two-year sentence, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kelli Cannon, 35, was charged with burglary of a non-residence after the owner of the property, including the trailer and adjacent home on West 29th Street, called police at about 5 p.m., according to the document. The trailer was being used as a construction office for workers as they completed renovations on the home, the affidavit said.
One of the construction workers told police Cannon entered the home and began to yell at him and the crew, asking them what they had done with all of her belongings, according to the affidavit.
The worker said Cannon told the crew that it was her house and that they needed to leave before she walked through the 5,000-square-foot, 4-floor home, the affidavit said.
The worker followed her and told her she needed to leave, but she continued walking from the house, across the yard to the construction office, the affidavit said. The worker then saw her rummaging through items on the desk and in a small refrigerator next to one of the desks, the document said.
The worker asked Cannon what she was doing, and she told him that she was taking things from her fridge and that he couldn’t tell her what to do in her house, according to the affidavit. It said he then saw her take a Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt from the fridge before leaving.
The worker called the owner and continued to follow Cannon, the affidavit said.
The owner told police that Cannon did not have his consent to be on the property, according to the affidavit.
The owner said the entrance gate in a 6-foot-tall chain link fence covered in mesh cloth was normally locked, but that day, it was open for workers, the affidavit said. He said the office was also normally locked, but had been unlocked that day so workers could use the bathroom.
When police found Cannon, she was holding the cup of yogurt in her left hand and using her right pointer finger to eat it, the affidavit said. It said that she appeared to be happy to see police and told responding officers that she needed help figuring out who was in her home.
Cannon told police she had not committed a crime because she had only taken things from her own residence, according to the affidavit.