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Lehighton woman gets jail time for theft from vending machine

Published August 18. 2010 05:00PM

A Lehighton woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Monday in Carbon County court by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb for two theft incidents, one involving stealing money from a newspaper vending machine.

Jennifer Catherine Steigerwalt, 33, was sentenced to serve a total of six to 23 months in prison on charges of criminal attempt-theft and criminal conspiracy-theft.

She was arrested for the criminal attempt count for an incident on Sept. 15, 2009, by Franklin Township police with the listed victim Ann Moyer. The criminal conspiracy charge stems from a Aug. 17, 2009, incident in Lehighton, involving a TIMES NEWS vending machine.

Steigerwalt admitted to a history of drug problems but said she has addressed them. She said she entered the Salvation Army inpatient program but had to leave after 37 days due to a health problem. She went from that program into another rehab program and completed it.

Webb said his sentence would reflect the efforts she had made to address her problem and gave her credit for a total of 135 days spent in rehab programs against her sentence.

She was also ordered to pay $132 in restitution, or one half the loss suffered by the TIMES NEWS, get a mental health evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and have no contact with any of the victims.

She will serve the remaining time on her sentence on weekends beginning Friday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m., serving three days at a time.

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