Five individuals are facing theft charges after allegedly stealing items from the Mahoning Township Wal-Mart store.
Two of the individuals are juveniles who reportedly tried to take a shopping cart containing $1,017.15 worth of merchandise.
Audie Mertz, officer in charge of the Mahoning Township, said the five were charged as a result of three separate incidents.
The first happened on Feb. 26 at 6:35 p.m. According to poice, loss prevention personnel at Wal-Mart reported that Ashley Groff, 22, and Charlie Mcneil, 25, both of Lehighton, attempted to steal $849.83 in merchandise that was in a shopping cart.
Police said the items included PlayStation 3 accessories, DVDs and other merchandise. They are being charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy-retail theft, both misdemeanor offenses.
On Feb. 27, at 5:47p.m., loss prevention personnel at Wal-Mart reported a female had taken a purse from a store shelf. She proceeded to fill the purse with merchandise and then fled the store with the purse, failing to pay for any of the items. The items included dog bones, chewing gum, toilet paper, bread, and a purse.
She was identified as Lori Bobarsky, age 46, of Jim Thorpe. Bobarsky is being charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor offense.
Also on Feb. 27, at 2:57 p.m., Mahoning Township Police said they were informed by loss prevention personnel at Wal-Mart that two males, age 16, and 17, of Palmerton, attempted to steal a shopping cart with $1,017.16 in merchandise. The items included a generator, welding machine, and other merchandise.
The juveniles are being charged with retail theft and criminal conspiracy-retail theft, both misdemeanor offenses.