Ex-CA mayor admits stealing mixer to make pizza

Published 11:50 am Monday, February 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former mayor of a Los Angeles suburb has pleaded guilty to stealing a commercial food mixer from the local school district so he could make dough for his home pizza oven.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Larry Guidi entered the plea Wednesday to a felony count of grand theft. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and one year’s probation. A commercial burglary charge was dismissed.

Guidi was a warehouse operations manager for the Hawthorne School District until he was fired last year. Prosecutors say a security camera recorded him loading the giant mixer and a cart into his pickup truck in 2010.

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The $1,300 mixer was later returned.

Guidi was the mayor of Hawthorne for nearly 20 years but didn’t run for re-election last year.