Some of the city's homeless can now cart around their belongings without breaking the law.

One hundred $100 shopping carts were given away this week to replace stolen carts used by many on Skid Row. Stealing carts is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 100 days in jail and a $1,000 fine."This one's a Cadillac. I love it," said Robert Hosey, 59, as he rolled a shiny black cart Monday. "You can't carry a hundred pounds of glass on your back."

The carts were paid for by an anonymous donation to the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, a nonprofit group that runs a soup kitchen. The carts are private property, with a sign warning that only homeless people in Los Angeles County can possess one.

Police say the carts can be used as ladders to climb inside buildings or to hide stolen goods. Capt. Richard Bonneau said the cart giveaway was "well-intentioned but misguided" and called it a bad idea.