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Man accused of 17 thefts, costume changes at Cranberry Township retailer

A Shaler man went to great lengths and even costume changes to commit 17 retail thefts at a big box store in Cranberry Township, netting more than $4,000 in merchandise, according to police.

Grant M. Duss, 33, was charged with 14 misdemeanor counts of theft, one count of possessing a criminal instrument and four summary counts of theft for a string of incidents between Dec. 20, 2022, and Jan. 10, 2023.

According to police, Duss committed 17 thefts at Target amounting to $4,285 in merchandise.

Charging documents showed Duss would commit multiple thefts in one day, and once committed five in succession. Police said on these occasions, Duss exited the store, changed his clothes, and returned to commit another theft.

Township police said a Target employee reported the thefts and provided surveillance footage of each incident.

Each theft totaled hundreds of dollars, according to the affidavit.

Police said Duss placed the barcode of an item of lesser value over the barcode of an expensive item when using self-checkout. Each theft used a $0.79 barcode over the labels of collectible Pokemon and professional sports trading cards, police said.

Duss’ preliminary hearing is scheduled June 30 before District Judge Kevin Flaherty.

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