Tennis pro pleads no contest

Updated: May 26, 2006, 6:20 PM ET
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tennis player Katerina Bohmova and her mother have pleaded no contest to petty theft after they were arrested last month for shoplifting about $450 worth of clothes and jewelry.

The 19-year-old tennis player from the Czech Republic and her 48-year-old mother, also named Katerina Bohmova, received credit for the time they spent in jail and were sentenced to pay $500 in court costs, director of Duval County courts Angela Corey said Friday.

Corey said their records can be sealed and the charges won't follow them permanently.

The mother and daughter were shopping at a department store April 5, one day after the tennis pro lost at the Bausch & Lomb Championships. Bohmova, ranked No. 128 in the world, lost in the second round to top-seeded Nadia Petrova.

A security guard stopped them after watching them take items off a display rack, enter a dressing room and then leave the store without paying for the items concealed in two bags, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. The items included two pairs of jeans, two sweaters, a shirt, earrings and other jewelry, the report stated.

The women's actions were also captured by a surveillance video camera, authorities said.

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