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Lansford woman charged with theft

Published July 03. 2013 05:03PM

Andrette Haupt, 53, of 11 N. Walnut St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place on May 18 at Boyer's Market in the borough. Haupt is charged with felony retail theft.

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

At 7:14 p.m. officer Timothy Wuttke was dispatched to the market for a shoplifter. He spoke with manager Debbie Strausser, who took him to the store office, where the alleged shoplifter was detained. Strausser told him that an employee saw the woman conceal food items worth a total of $44.01 in her purse as she shopped.

Wuttke knew Haupt from previous contacts. He told her to meet him at the police station so they could talk about the incident. She came to the station, where she told Wuttke she went to the store to get a couple of items, but her "condition took over."

Asked about the "condition," she told Wuttke that she has a problem with stealing. She told Wuttke she just started putting items in her purse and then got in line at the checkout. She knew she'd be caught, she told him, so she got out of line to put the items back, but was stopped by store employees before she could.

Haupt has three prior convictions for retail theft.

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