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January 24, 1990 | By Karen Weintraub, Special to The Inquirer
A $60 pair of sneakers cost a Riverside man more than they were worth late last week. Aihan Akcakaya, 30, of Scott Street, was accused of trying to shoplift from the Port's store on Route 130 several weeks ago and then charged Thursday morning with trying to bribe the guards not to testify against him. After being told by Port's guards Charlie Craige and Don Knuth that Akcakaya had offered them $1,000 not to testify against him, the Willingboro...
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February 13, 1991 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cherry Hill Juvenile Conference Committee of Robert Burdette, Warren Jordan, Judy Williams and Herbert Spellman recently encountered a youngster whose enthusiasm over his new Jeep led him to drive it, illegally, on a beach. Decision: 15 hours of community service and an apology. Pilfering is a more common indiscretion, however, and Camden County youngsters accused of that are directed to a different remedy - the Rev. Peter A. Molnar's shoplifting prevention seminar, a three-hour catharsis aimed at putting the price of thievery in a new light.
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March 8, 1990 | By Joshua Klein, Special to The Inquirer
State store employees in Narberth are not urged to use physical confrontation to detain or identify shoplifters. But Edgar Bolden ignored caution not once, but twice, within eight days in January, and it led to the arrest of two people for shoplifting. At 10 a.m. today at the liquor store, 1 Station Circle, state Reps. Lois Sherman Hagarty (R., Montgomery) and James H. Clark (R., Montgomery) will present Bolden with a citation for his actions. "We kind of tell them not to put themselves in jeopardy like that," store manager Guy Stewart said.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1987 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
A South Jersey company has a tiny high-tech tag up its sleeve - an invention that it says has the power to scream out to stop shoplifters, and to save retailers money as they try to thwart thieves. The Checkpoint Systems tag, with its embedded electronic circuitry, can be printed to appear as any ordinary information sticker on a package - a bar code, price tag, or even sale ticket - and sit silently until a shoplifter tries to steal goods. Then, the tag's tiny circuitry triggers a loud signal from a detection device at the store entrance.
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September 2, 1988 | By Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
A 21-year veteran of the city police force faces dismissal if found guilty of stealing three pairs of socks from a Hamilton Township department store Tuesday. Atlantic City Police Chief Joseph Pasquale said yesterday that Sgt. Charles Hudson, 48, of Dorset Avenue, Ventnor, had been suspended without pay pending a departmental hearing on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer. He was suspended from the force yesterday.. If Hudson were found guilty in municipal court of shoplifting charges, he would automatically be fired from the department, according to Pasquale.
NEWS
May 21, 1989 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
World-class lightweight boxer Calvin Grove, his cousin and a friend are seeking more than $100,000 in damages from an Exton Mall store owner who accused them of shoplifting two years ago, according to court documents filed in Chester County Court on Monday. Grove, 26, his cousin Isaac Louis Grove, 30, and Ronald Deveaux, 32, all of Coatesville, were acquitted of retail theft charges by a Chester County jury in February 1988. The jury could not decide whether the men were guilty of receiving stolen property and conspiracy, but the District Attorney's Office decided not to further prosecute the case, according to court records.
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April 6, 1993 | By C.R. Harper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sam Walton is not a name usually associated with Sears Roebuck & Co., but for Upper Darby police, the connection is becoming well-established. In the fall, Walton, 30, of 433 Main St. in Darby, was convicted of shoplifting clothing from the men's department at Sears' 69th Street store. On March 26, he was arrested again on charges of taking $110 worth of clothes from the same department. Walton's apparent affinity for Sears was not lost yesterday on District Justice Michael Ballezzi, who bound Walton over for trial in the latest incident.
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August 20, 1993 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Boiled down to basic facts, the police report makes it sound like a routine, penny-ante crime. Not worth even a line in the news reports. A woman is shoplifting in a department store in a suburban mall. She's spotted by a security guard, runs from the store, jumps in a car driven by a man, and they get away. Things like that go on a hundred times a day in a metropolitan area as big as Chicago. But if you were there, as I happened to be, it didn't seem routine. Especially when I think of what might have been.
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March 21, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this report were the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, USA Today and the New York Daily News
Margo Adams, who has made a career out of a defunct affair with baseball star Wade Boggs, has been arrested and charged with trying to shoplift a $258 coat from a department store in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was charged on Sunday, then released on her own recognizance after signing an agreement to appear in court later. In January, Adams, 33, pleaded guilty to running up $4,871 in bills at several stores with a charge card that wasn't hers. She was ordered to pay restitution and was put on three years informal probation.
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April 13, 1990 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Frederick T. Martens, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, was charged in December with shoplifting two bottles of cologne from a Pathmark supermarket in Allentown. However, Martens, reached by telephone yesterday, denied that he tried to steal anything and said that whole matter was a blunder by store security and that Pathmark had since agreed to drop the charge of retail theft so long as he promised not to sue. Court documents show that the case is still open.
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May 5, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Some traveled from as far as the Bronx. Others made their way to the Gloucester Premium Outlets from Philadelphia or Atlantic City. But instead of shopping, they were stealing, police said Tuesday in announcing the arrests of six people over the last week. "This is more than going in and stealing clothes out of a Target," said Gloucester Township Police Capt. Anthony Minosse. "This is organized crime. " The six were using sophisticated equipment and devices to help them walk out with expensive shoes and designer clothes, Minosse said.
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March 26, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police in Montgomery County are searching for a man who left behind an 11-year-old boy at a West Norriton Walmart store last week after trying to shoplift tools from the store. Shortly before 7:30 p.m. March 17, the man was seen putting tools in empty Walmart bags that he had in a shopping cart while in the store, at 650 S. Trooper Road, Police Chief Dale Mabry said Thursday. The man, who was with the 11-year-old boy, tried to leave the store without paying for the tools, but was stopped by a loss-prevention officer, Mabry said.
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March 19, 2016 | From Staff and Wire Reports
You would think a 78-year-old nun in rural northeastern Pennsylvania would know better, but State Police say it's true: Sister Agnes Pennino has been charged with stealing $23 worth of food and toiletries from a Surplus Outlet near Berwick, Columbia County. The crime, they say, was premeditated. About 3:45 p.m. Monday, Pennino, dressed in civilian clothes, entered the store, grabbed a shopping cart, and eventually put snacks, coffee, soap, and shampoo inside several of the store's distinctive orange shopping bags, according to troopers and store personnel interviewed by WNEP-TV in Scranton.
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February 14, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police are seeking an alleged shoplifter who left her child behind when she fled Macy's security in Center City. Police took the 3-year-old girl to the city's Department of Human Services. Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said Friday that the girl is now in the care of other family members. The mother, 27, was taken into custody by Macy's security around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, on allegations that she stole $1,400 worth of merchandise, police said Friday. The woman and her daughter were taken to a room for the mother to be questioned and processed, police said.
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The Margate firefighter and lifeguard convicted of shoplifting from a Wawa last month must forfeit both jobs, an Egg Harbor Township municipal judge ruled Friday. Ashton G. Funk, 34, of Northfield, was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the convenience store in Margate. Funk was off-duty from his position as a firefighter and on the beach patrol when he was allegedly seen carrying away $7.98 worth of items without paying. Because the case involved a public employee, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office took over the investigation and prosecution.
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August 31, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Martello and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. are veterans of the Philadelphia theater scene, yet they've never had a chance to work together before. But thanks to 1812 Productions, Philadelphia's premier comedy company, the two stalwarts of the city's stages come together this week for The Shoplifters . Martello plays Alma, a klepto who sees stealing as her Robin Hood-like duty. Corporations have everything, she has nothing, so she deserves to take what they have. Hobbs is Otto, a security guard who has one more day on the job, and the last thing he needs is to deal with the sticky-fingered Alma.
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May 30, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betsy Bassel caught a shoplifter in her Old City vintage store nearly as soon as it opened a year ago. A teenage girl had tried to make off with a leather vest from Scout Salvage on Second Street. Bassel got the vest back, but worried about more thefts. Threats of calling the police didn't seem to work. But, she thought, shame might. "The worst-case scenario for me at that age would have been for my friends to know what I'd done," Bassel said, laughing. The store's approach to deterring shoplifters - warning, on signs posted around the store, that would-be thieves would have their photos posted to Instagram - worked for the better part of a year.
NEWS
July 19, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prosecutor called David Gentile a "serial shoplifter," an unrepentant thief who over nine months last year struck Target stores in four counties, pilfering only high-end Texas Instrument graphing calculators. Gentile's lawyer laughed at that, calling her 35-year-old client a "completely unsuccessful criminal," a drug addict who couldn't help but get arrested. Both descriptions may be apt, but Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo's sentence - three to 23 months in prison followed by three years' reporting probation - satisfied neither side.
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March 11, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MARISSA SARGEANT is starting to look more like a bad example than a protective mother. In November, Sargeant publicly accused Tullytown Borough police of "brutally" assaulting her son, Joey Williams, 14, after he was arrested on shoplifting charges at the Walmart on Route 13. She posted photos of his swollen face on Facebook. They went viral, with supporters comparing it to the Rodney King beating. Now, three months after the Bucks County District Attorney's Office cleared the officers of wrongdoing, Sargeant is in prison on felony charges that she shoplifted from the same Walmart, police said.
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