Man accused of stealing Joyland clown pleads no contest

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Damian Mayes appears in court Aug. 26, 2016 (KSN photo / Ashley Arnold)
Damian Mayes appears in court Aug. 26, 2016 (KSN photo / Ashley Arnold)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The man accused of stealing Louie the Clown and other items from the owners of Joyland Amusement Park has pled no contest to one consolidated felony count of theft. Damian Mayes’ jury trial was scheduled to start this morning. On Friday, Mayes, 41 years old, pled no contest before District Court Judge Harold Flaigle.

The items were found in February 2015 at Mayes’ home. Mayes was an employee of the park who helped build and repair organs. The nearly life-sized carved clown played an automated organ near Joyland’s entrance for decades before the park closed in 2006.

The clown statue disappeared from Joyland sometime in 2005 or 2006 and was officially reported stolen in 2010.

Mayes is serving a prison sentence for aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties out of Harvey County.

Mayes will be sentenced on the theft charge Dec. 13.