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Lansford man charged with felony retail theft

Published May 10. 2012 05:01PM

Michael Raposo Jr., 22, of 35 W. Ridge St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which occurred on December 18 at 3 a.m. at the Turkey Hill convenience store. Charges were filed by Officer Jeffrey Ohl. Raposo is charged with felony retail theft.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:

Ohl stopped at the convenience store while on patrol when, as he approached the store, he saw a man in baggy clothing with a hood up over his head, standing by the cooler, holding an energy drink. Ohl saw the man put the drink into his left front pants pocket. Ohl entered the store, and continued to watch as the man walked around the store.

Ohl spoke with the cashier, who told him she believed the man had stolen several packs of cigarettes. She said that he had spilled coffee, and she had to go into the back room for a mop to clean it up. When she came out, she noticed several packs of cigarettes were missing.

Ohl left the store and watched as the man approached the cash register, paid for the coffee and left the store. He recognized him as Raposo. As he walked past Ohl, the officer asked him to stop. Ohl asked Raposo what he took, but Raposo didn't answer.

Ohl repeated himself, and this time Raposo said, "some stuff."

It turned out that Raposo had six candy bars, two energy drinks, and 11 packs of Marlboro cigarettes. Raposo admitted taking the items, and told Ohl he was a "kleptomaniac."

The retail value of the pilfered items was $81.89. A criminal history check revealed Raposo had been caught stealing from stores on Feb. 13, 2010 and on April 30, 2011.

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