Three alleged shoplifters are accused of taking merchandise from Butler Township stores. Between them, authorities said, the trio has racked up more than two dozen prior shoplifting convictions, upgrading a summary or misdemeanor offense under state law to a third-degree felony.
Terry Williams, 53, of Butler, has 15 priors — 11 of which are felonies. Butler Township police on Monday obtained an arrest warrant for Williams. He's charged with a felony count of retail theft and a summary charge of defiant trespass following a Jan. 13 incident at the Walmart at the Butler Commons shopping plaza.
Police on Monday also charged eight-time convicted shoplifter Marjorie G. Gold, 48, of Jackson Township with felony retail theft after a Jan. 9 incident at the Sheetz convenience store on Route 68.
Already in the Butler County Prison for felony shoplifting is Joyce M. Anderson, 45, of Butler, who has four prior convictions for the same crime. She was arraigned Friday night after officers were called to Moraine Pointe Plaza's Giant Eagle store. Anderson faces a charge of felony retail theft and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when 14 stamp bags and three empty bags of suspected heroin and two hypodermic needles were found in her purse by police. Anderson is being held in the county prison on $5,000 bail.
A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.