A pair of York County women are in Centre County prison on substantial bail after a reported theft from Wegmans on Saturday.
A manager called Patton Township police at about 3:50 p.m. and told them that two women were stealing food from the store. Officers arrived as Jodi Mong, 34, of Thomasville, and Tierra King, 30, of Dallastown, were leaving the building, police said. The employee met the officers outside and said the pair had not paid for the food in their cart and had items hidden on their person, according to the criminal complaint.
Police stopped the women and told them they were under arrest. When an officer tried to handcuff King, police said, she tried to run and had to be taken to the ground. The food, valued at $78.25, was returned, according to court documents.
The women arrived at the store in a silver Saturn with a South Carolina license plate. Officers ran the number and discovered the plate had been reported stolen in 2012, police said. Checks on the women revealed that each had warrants out for retail theft and prior convictions, police said.
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King and Mong were arraigned before District Judge Allen Sinclair on Sunday morning. King is charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, and bail was set at $50,000. She was charged with retail theft in Lebanon County in 2011 and in York County in 2009, according to court documents.
Mong was charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and providing false identification to law enforcement. Police said she initially told them her name was Kathryn Mistal, according to the criminal complaint. Her bail was set at $25,000. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for April 8.
Patton Township Police Chief John Petrick said that most of the retail thefts his department encounters are crimes of opportunity, and although his jurisdiction and many stores there are close to Interstate 99, most people arrested for theft are not from out of town.
“It seems a good portion of the people we arrest for retail theft are from the area or students from the area, but every once in a while we get people from outside,” he said.