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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug 09, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Police say a woman stole more than $20,000 in artwork from a show in Albuquerque, N.M., and clogged a toilet at Expo New Mexico trying to flush it away.

State police threatened to use a Taser on 59-year-old Marilyn Romines if she refused to open the locked restroom stall Sunday where she allegedly was trying to flush jewelry, pottery and paintings down a toilet, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reported.

Romines told police she took the artwork because she is epileptic.

Police took the woman to a hospital and later to the Metropolitan Detention Center, where she was held on $10,000 bond on a charge of second-degree felony theft.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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