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Algonquin woman surrenders over theft of doggie waste can

ALGONQUIN – Carrie Fosdale, who was wanted for allegedly stealing a trash can full of animal waste, surrendered to Algonquin police this week.

Fosdale said she took the can in protest after her homeowners association installed the doggie waste station near her town home in Algonquin. She was upset that she and her neighbors were not told that the plastic bag dispensers and trash cans would be installed and had no say in where they were placed.

Representatives from the Old Oak Terrace Homeowners Association could not be reached for comment Thursday. A homeowners association newsletter said board members installed two doggie waste stations, including the one next to Fosdale’s home on Old Oak Circle, “to be more proactive in helping keep the community’s common areas clean of dog waste. ... People have been more apt to pick up after their pets if the tools are readily available.”

Fosdale surrendered to Algonquin police Wednesday night. She was released on $100 bond.

“I wanted to go in on my own terms,” she said, rather than be taken to the police station in the back of a squad car.

Police issued a warrant for theft less than $300 for Fosdale last week, Fosdale said, but she did not know about the warrant until three law firms sent her letters offering to represent her.

Fosdale is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for a bond hearing. She also planned to attend Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting to talk with Village Board members about adding an ordinance addressing the placement and maintenance of animal waste receptacles.

Village President John Schmitt said Fosdale had e-mailed him and other village trustees Thursday about the situation, but he had not yet looked into the matter Thursday afternoon.

“It’s a unique situation because it’s not on common property, and it’s not on private property, per se,” Schmitt said. “It’s on association property. I don’t know the legalities of it.”

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