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8-time shoplifter faces new charges

June 13, 2018 News Extra

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Justin Manny

An eight-time shoplifter with 11 felony convictions is facing new charges.

District Judge Kevin O'Donnell on Tuesday arraigned Justin R. Manny, 37, of Freeport on a felony count of retail theft stemming from an incident last month at a Butler Township convenience store.

Township police allege Manny about 6:50 a.m. May 14 made off with beverages, cereal bars and other food items from the Sheetz on New Castle Road.

The defendant was caught on store surveillance video, according to court documents, taking the merchandise valued at $12.87.

Police noted in their criminal complaint that Manny has eight prior convictions for shoplifting.

In Pennsylvania, retail theft is normally a summary or misdemeanor offense. But it is upgraded to a third-degree felony regardless of the stolen property's value when a suspect has at least two prior convictions for the same crime.

He is in the Butler County Prison on the latest charge as well as two bench warrants and a state parole violation.

Read the full story in the Butler Eagle.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.