ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A cargo van, which was used to store items which were stolen during a multi-state shoplifting spree, was opened by police Wednesday morning.

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

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They were arrested nearly two weeks ago after a seven to 10-day shoplifting spree ended at the K-Mart in Ross Township.

Their rented Enterprise van was towed to a fire hall Wednesday morning so investigators could sort out the case.

Police had already retrieved a notebook the suspects used to target stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The van was stuffed with toys to the point that some of the merchandise fell to the garage floor when police opened the doors.

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At that time, representatives from Toys R Us, Walmart and K-Mart began sorting it all out.

“We have had estimates from people in retail that range from $20,000 to $50,000. So, I would assume it’s somewhere in that vicinity. As far as the number of stores, we believe 91 stores were hit,” Ross Township Police Sgt. Ben Dripps said.

Both adult suspects are at the Allegheny County Jail, while the juvenile is at the Schuman Center.

Toys that cannot be specifically traced to a store will be donated to charity.


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