Two Easton women face shoplifting charges in KMart incident www.privateofficer.com
Easton PA April 23 2012 Two Easton women face shoplifting charges after police say they tried to get out of Wilson Borough Kmart with nearly $700 worth of stolen merchandise.
Elizabeth Jane Hovey, 24, and Karen Elizabeth Taormina, 22, both of the 900 block of Pine Street in Easton, allegedly attempted to steal clothing, electronics and cosmetics from the South 25th Street store at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Hovey and Taormina stuffed the products into bags and swiped a utility knife to cut electronic items from their plastic packaging, court papers say. When the two women tried to leave the store, Kmart security detained them. Police say store surveillance reveals the women’s attempts to conceal the merchandise before leaving the store.
Hovey and Taormina attempted to take 12 USB memory sticks, four digital cameras, three camera cases, 11 health and beauty items and 17 articles of clothing from the store, court records say. The total value of their stash was $678, according to police.
Both women were charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy to commit theft. They were arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Daniel Corpora and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, court documents say.