Lancaster area store security round up shoplifters

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. Oct. 23, 2007 - Stopping and arresting suspected shoplifters kept the security staff at the East Lampeter Township Wal-Mart store and township police busy this past weekend.

Five men and women were arrested for retail-theft offenses at the 2034 Lincoln Highway East store on Saturday and Sunday, police said.

They were:• India Jeanine Matthews, 28, of 38 Garden Court Apartments. Security officers saw her fail to scan merchandise at the store's self-checkout at about 6 p.m. Saturday, police said. The woman would pass the items over the scanner, but not scan them, police said. She allegedly left the store without paying for $29.54 worth of clothing items, police said.Matthews was charged with retail theft and turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff's department on an existing bench warrant.•

Stephanie Corinne Torres, 30, of 720 6th St. Police said she placed an envelope over the scanner and then passed merchandise over the envelope, which blocked the scanner from recognizing the merchandise.The security staff detained Torres at about 8 p.m. Saturday after she allegedly tried to take groceries, pet food, and toys having a total value of $26.95, police said. She was cited for retail theft and released to Lancaster City police on several existing warrants.•

Gerald Paul Allison, 22, of the 1300 block of North Colebrook Road, Manheim. He allegedly tried to take a $169 Phillips DVD player from the Wal-Mart store shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, East Lampeter police said.Allison ran from store employees, but was caught and found with hypodermic needles, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.•

A 16-year-old East Lampeter Township boy who allegedly left the Wal-Mart store at 2:35 p.m. Saturday without paying for computer flash drives and a set of earphones valued at $61.81, police said. The boy was cited for summary retail theftand released to a guardian.• A 15-year-old Leola girl who allegedly left the store at 8 p.m. Sunday without paying for two packages of perfume, valued at $42.75, that she concealed in her purse. She was cited for retail theft and released to her mother.Last Wednesday, East Lampeter police arrested a Wal-Mart employee for suspected theft.

Police said store security saw Tonya Ann Smith, 35, of 63 S. Franklin St., remove money from her register and place it in her pocket.Store management reported that the theft had been ongoing for some time with the amount exceeding $500. Smith was processed and released with theft charges being filed against her, police said.In other shoplifting incidents:•

Lancaster state police received word Saturday afternoon that a man and two women had left the Valley View Country Store, 3622 Old Philadelphia Pike, at Intercourse, without paying for a "large amount of antique items."The theft was reported at 2:30 p.m. The man and one woman were young adults. The other woman looked to be about 50, police said.•

Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday, West Hempfield Township police received word that a shoplifting suspect was fighting with employees at the Redner's Market store at Columbia Avenue and Prospect Road.Police arrested Samuel Leonard Warren Jr., 39, Lancaster, at the scene. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison on a probation detainer, and Officer James Gardill is charging him with retail theft.•

Lancaster police arrested Mary E. Sterling, 79, of 13 Apple Lane, Mountville, and a 17-year-old girl for retail-theft offenses Sunday afternoon at the Sears store, Park City shopping center.Sterling allegedly failed to pay for six necklaces and four bracelets valued at about $152, Officer Joseph Graczyk said. The 17-year-old allegedly concealed two pairs of jeans, valued at about $40, in a baby stroller, Officer Jerry Hess said.•

At about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, a man ran out of the LIDS Outlet store, on Stanley K. Tanger Blvd. (Tanger Outlet Center) without paying for three baseball bats, valued at $93.97 that he grabbed from a display, East Lampeter Township police said. He was last scene fleeing in a teal Dodge Stratus.

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