Northumberland woman convicted of retail theft
SUNBURY - Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini announced Amy Jenkins, of Northumberland, was convicted of retail theft, a misdemeanor of the second degree, carrying a maximum sentence of two years incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000, following a non-jury trial held in Northumberland County Court Wednesday before President Judge Robert B. Sacavage.
Jenkins was convicted of theft from the CVS drug store in Northumberland as a result of an incident on Feb. 17, 2012, when she was found inside the store with over $350 worth of new makeup in a purse she was carrying. The store manager and a clerk became suspicious when Jenkins was observed walking around the makeup aisle in the store for nearly an hour without placing any items in her cart. The store manager observed numerous empty boxes for makeup products in the area when Jenkins had been looking.
Officer Kevin Rushton of the Northumberland Police Department responded to a call and approached Jenkins. When asked, she agreed to let the officer look in her purse where he found the stolen items.
Rosini complimented Rushton for the manner in which he handled the investigation and his testimony at the trial. He also commended Assistant District Attorney Ann Targonski for her trial preparation and presentation.
"Retail theft is often considered a minor offense; however, it is truly an offense which affects everyone. The cost of what we buy every day is higher due to the pilfering of products from retail stores. Ann took the time to prepare this case to the extent necessary to obtain a conviction," Rosini said.
Sentencing is set for May 13.