Police: Repeat shoplifter caught

A woman who has admitted that she is addicted to shoplifting was nabbed last month at Kmart, 1915 E. Third St., allegedly trying to flee with $214 worth of merchandise, state police said.

When Julie Ann Costantino, 24, of 900 W. Third St., was caught on Feb. 16, it was at least her sixth arrest for the offense, police said. She already has five shoplifting convictions.

Jailed automatically on a state parole violation, Costantino was arraigned on Feb. 20 before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on a felony shoplifting charge. Initially recommitted, she has since been released on $5,000 bail.

Also facing a felony shoplifting charge was Kathy M. Lachet, a 53-year-old Lock Haven woman who was caught allegedly stuffing several pieces of merchandise “in her clothing and down in her pants” at Lingle’s Family Market, 701 Allegheny St., the former Bilo’s, in Jersey Shore about 4:45 p.m. Feb. 15, Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police said.

The items she was snatching included candy, air freshener and a can of cooking oil spray, police alleged in an affidavit. The total value of the merchandise was $57, police said.

Lachet, who already has three prior shoplifting convictions, was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.