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Three Lansford residents charged

Published July 05. 2013 05:03PM

Three Lansford residents have been charged with retail theft.

*Sharon Gular, 55, of 6 E. Patterson St., faces charges from an incident which took place on March 13 at Turkey Hill. Gular is charged with retail theft.

At 11:20 p.m. that night, Officer Joshua Tom was dispatched to the Turkey Hill Mini Mart on a report of a female shoplifter who was still in the store. When he arrived, he was told the woman had left, and was walking toward West Bertsch Street.

The clerk provided a video that showed the woman stealing items from several aisles, placing them in her pockets and purse. She then went to the register and bought a pack of cigarettes, using a credit card in the name of Sharon Gular. Tom was unable to find Gular at the time.

She was seen with a white woman with blond hair. Gular was wearing a medium-length black jacket with a hood, and black pajama pants with what appeared to be multicolored hearts on them.

Two days later she was back in the store, allegedly stealing again. This time she was identified as Gular. Charges were filed based on the video tape.

*Alyssa Bernardi, 21, no address given, faces charges from an incident which took place on March 3 at Family Dollar store. Bernardi is charged with retail theft.

At 8:14 p.m. that night, Officer Jason Helmer was dispatched to the store for a report of retail theft. While en route it was reported that the suspects had fled in a silver Infiniti. Store manager Nicole Diehl said there were two females, one African American and one Caucasian, who had been shopping in the store.

Diehl saw the Caucasian woman putting items in her purse. Both women came to the register to pay for items in a shopping cart. Diehl confronted the Caucasian woman about the items in her purse and found several packages totaling $32.

Both women left the store, got into the Infiniti, and headed toward Nesquehoning.

Diehl said the woman left her purse behind. Helmer found a student identification for Bernardi, which Diehl confirmed. Helmer found the car in front of 303 Lansford Court. Bernardi's last address was listed as 304 Lansford Court.

Contact was made with the African American woman, identified as Rhonda Harris, of 304 Lansford Court. She said she was shopping with Bernardi, but said she had no knowledge of shoplifting.

Helmer spoke with Bernardi, who said she was confronted by a store employee who was aggressive and "snatched " her purse. Bernardi said there were some items the two decided not to buy, but that they were in the cart. Bernardi gave a written statement denying the thefts.

A follow-up was conducted at the store the next day which confirmed that Bernardi did have the items in her purse. She has one prior retail theft conviction.

*Kasara Shields, 20, of 104 Springgarden St., faces charges from an incident which took place on May 11 at Family Dollar store. Shields is charged with retail theft.

At 4:09 p.m. Helmer was dispatched to the store for a retail theft. Once there, store manager Diehl pointed out three people, two women and a man, standing in front of the store. One of them was Shields, who was seen putting items in her purse. She was confronted and found to have placed four packages of cough and cold medicine and a jar of peanut butter in her purse. The total value was $10.85.

The other people were identified as Michael Hill and Heather Hayes. Hayes has since died. Both at the time denied knowing Shields was stealing. Shields then admitted the thefts. She was arrested, taken to the police station and given her Miranda rights. She said she took the items at the urging of Hill and Hayes because she did not have the money to pay for them.

Shields stated the cough and cold medicines were to be used to get high on a "robo trip."

Shields has one prior retail theft conviction.

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