Crime

Philipsburg woman charged with theft, fleeing police

A Philipsburg woman was taken into custody Wednesday after allegedly attempting to flee from the police.

According to state police at Philipsburg, troopers attempted to stop Cassandra Rapone, 27, for a traffic violation when she allegedly sped up and fled from police. The vehicle was brought to a halt several blocks later at the intersection of North Second Street and Locust Street in Philipsburg.

Rapone allegedly exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, police said, resisting arrest when she was captured. Further investigation revealed that she and a second unnamed suspect had stolen $279 worth of groceries and household items from Weis Markets.

Rapone was arraigned before District Judge Carmine Prestia and charged with several misdemeanor counts of retail theft, resisting arrest and fleeing an officer, according to court documents. Charges also included several summary traffic offenses.

Prestia set bail at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

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