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Jim Thorpe man faces theft charges

Published November 01. 2012 05:02PM

Justin Jacobacci, 30, of 304 Hatchery Road, Jim Thorpe, faces charges from an incident which took place on Aug. 30 Charges of retail theft were filed by Lansford Officer Jason Helmer.

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

On Aug. 30 at 5:22 p.m., Helmer was dispatched to Boyer's Market. Once there he was directed to the back office, where store employees had detained Jacobacci.

Helmer spoke with an employee, who said he had seen Jacobacci walk into the bathroom with a $3.97 package of blackberries. When Jacobacci left the bathroom, he no longer had the berries. The employee confronted Jacobacci outside the store, and Jacobacci admitted to stealing the berries, which he then pulled from his pants.

Helmer then spoke with Jacobacci, who confirmed the employee's statements, and confessed to stealing the merchandise.

He was taken back to the police station, where he gave a written confession after being given his Miranda rights.A check of his background revealed a prior shoplifting conviction in 2001, making the most recent one a second degree misdemeanor.

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