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3 Arrested In Multi-State Shoplifting Spree

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ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – There are new details involving an upstate New York couple that targeted dozens of stores during a shoplifting spree.

Theresa Warner, 40, her son, and 39-year-old Christopher Damaio were arrested on retail theft charges in Ross Township.

They had been using a rented Enterprise cargo van, going from one city to another to steal merchandise.

Ross Township Police Sgt. Ben Dripps told KDKA-TV there were more stolen toys in the van than in Santa’s sleigh.

Wednesday morning, police will take inventory of the van at a local fire hall.

Police say the couple started their shoplifting in Little Falls, N.Y. and then went west to Rochester, Buffalo, Erie and hitting several stories in Ohio before ending up in Ross Township.

They even kept a diary detailing some of their stops, recording details about which stores had the best merchandise, the aisles where the merchandise was displayed and where the security cameras were located.

They hit some of stores more than once. Police plan to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Warner is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail, Damaio is at Allegheny General Hospital and the juvenile is at the Schuman Center.

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