Woman faces felony for allegedly stealing $2.99 worth of merchandise

After a person has been convicted of their third retail theft charge, all subsequent retail theft charges are graded as a felony in Pennsylvania.

One local woman may have learned this fact the hard way Friday. She now faces a felony charge after allegedly stealing just $2.99 worth of merchandise from Wegmans in the city.

Robin Lea Villa, 32, of 2934 Kellyburg Road in Trout Run, was detained by a Wegman’s loss prevention officer. After city police arrived at the scene, the employee explained he had seen Villa grab a package of steel wool from the store shelf. He then followed her as she walked down an aisle, opened the package and remove some of the product before allegedly storing the open box behind several boxes of soda, according to reports.

Villa admitted that she had taken the steel wool, according to police.

In the affidavit, police noted that she was holding it in her hand at the time of her interview.

Villa was arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on July 12.

She currently is incarcerated in lieu of $15,000 bail.