When two-time convicted shoplifter Kerri Mariah Shughart was caught outside Wal-Mart on Loyalsock Avenue in Montoursville and accused of allegedly stealing $86 worth of merchandise from the store last week, the 23-year-old woman was carrying seven packets of heroin, borough police said.
"You need to get into rehab. If I were you, I would do it tomorrow," District Judge James H. Sortman sternly warned the young woman during her late afternoon arraignment Wednesday on charges of shoplifting, a felony, and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
She was apprehended on Feb. 6 and released later that day. Borough police took her into custody at her home in Liberty on Wednesday and brought her before Sortman.
"She has cooperated fully," an officer told the judge during the proceedings. Shughart was released on $10,000 bail.
This was just one of several recent shoplifting arrests.
Sortman on Wednesday also arraigned another two-time convicted shoplifter, 21-year-old Brianna Kathleen Williams, for allegedly stealing a $64 carton of cigarettes from Choice Discount Tobacco, 653 Washington Blvd.
Currently on probation for shoplifting, Williams, of 1998 Misner Road, was recognized on the store's video by employees, police said. Following her arraignment, she was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
In another case, when Barbara Carol Bennett was nabbed allegedly trying to steal $103 worth of merchandise at Giant, 1969 E. Third St., on Jan. 21, the 68-year-old Montgomery woman had in her possession $42 worth of items that state police said allegedly were stolen from Wal-Mart in Montoursville.
With two shoplifting convictions already, Bennett, of 32 S. Main St., was arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on a felony charge of shoplifiting. Initially committed to the Lycoming County Prison, she has since been released on $2,500 bail.
Melissa Lorraine Brown, 22, of 428 Glenwood Ave., has been charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and receiving stolen property after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $179 worth of merchandise from Kmart, 1915 E. Third St., on Dec. 1, state police said.
Following her recent arraignment before Whiteman, Brown was released on $2,500 bail.
Nicole R. Bierly, 28, of Watsontown, has been charged by Montoursville police with misdemeanor shoplifting after she was caught allegedly trying to steal $455 merchandise from Wal-Mart on Oct. 18. Following her arraignment before Whiteman, she was released on $10,000 bail.