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Fine and Shandi

''Top Model'' contestant has burglary on her rap sheet -- Shandi Sullivan, one of the seven remaining competitors, pleaded guilty to stealing cash, a safe, and a fax machine from a candy store in 2001

America's Next Top Model | NOT-SO-MODEL BEHAVIOR Sullivan, looking much better here than in that mug shot, pleaded guilty to burglarizing a candy store in'01
NOT-SO-MODEL BEHAVIOR Sullivan, looking much better here than in that mug shot, pleaded guilty to burglarizing a candy store in'01

It wouldn't be a reality show if one of the participants didn't have a rap sheet. In the case of UPN's hit ''America's Next Top Model,'' that dubious honor falls to Shandi Sullivan, the 21-year-old Walgreen's clerk from Kansas City who is one of seven remaining contestants out of the original dozen. According to police documents obtained by The Smoking Gun, Sullivan was charged in 2001 with burglarizing Mr. Bulky's, a Kansas City candy store.

Along with a far-from-model-worthy mugshot, The Smoking Gun has the police report of the crime, which involved the theft of $650 in cash, a safe, and a fax machine. In return for a guilty plea, Sullivan was sentenced to two years probation. She briefly mentioned the burglary and her past history of drug use on Tuesday's episode. ''It's a part of my life I went through,'' she said, ''and it's in my past.''

Originally posted Feb 12, 2004