Terrie Morgan-Besecker And Joseph Kohut
The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
A counselor at Lackawanna County Prison faces a felony charge while a lieutenant at the jail pleaded guilty to a citation in two separate retail theft incidents.
Kimberly Rupp, a counselor, was charged Tuesday with one count of retail theft for attempting to steal $3,200 worth of jewelry and clothes from Kohl’s in Dickson City.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by borough police Officer William Bilinski, Rupp, 49, of 31 Number 7 Road, Carbondale, picked out several pairs of earrings, watches and other jewelry for sale and took them to a fitting room with some clothes. There, she spent nearly an hour removing the items from their packaging and concealing them in her purse, police said.
She tried to leave and was stopped by a store loss-prevention officer.
Because of the amount stolen — valued at $3,194 — the retail theft count police charged is graded as a third-degree felony.
In the second incident, Lt. Michael Carroll, 61, of Lake Ariel, was issued a summary citation Sept. 14 for stealing seven items valued at $43.55 from Weis Market in Salem Twp., according to court records. He pleaded guilty Oct. 19 and was ordered to pay $348.05 in fines, court costs and restitution. The citation does not detail the items.
Rupp has been an employee at the jail for almost 24 years and makes $57,722 a year. Carroll has been employed at the jail since Nov. 12, 2008, and makes $61,805 a year.
Donald Frederickson, general counsel for the county, said the employees are being handled through the jail’s internal disciplinary process. He declined to say what, if any, action is being taken because it is a personnel matter.
Rupp is free on $10,000 unsecured bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled Tuesday.
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