Bellefonte woman faces felony theft charges

A Bellefonte woman is facing felony theft charges after allegedly taking several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from Target.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Patton Township police, an officer responded to a call from Target that a man and woman with several children were in the process of stealing merchandise.

The woman, identified as Ashley Thompson, 30, allegedly placed about $224 in merchandise in a Target bag then took the items to customer service to be returned for store credit, police said. The unnamed man allegedly acted as a lookout for employees.

Both then continued to shop throughout the store, police said, allegedly selecting children’s backpacks and concealing several items of clothing, electronics, cosmetics and office supplies in the packs. After selecting other items, they paid for the bags and the merchandise in the cart, but not the items in the backpacks, which totaled about $295.

Police confronted Thompson and the man outside of the store before taking them to the loss prevention office, the complaint said.

Thompson faced previous felony theft charges in July 2010 and January this year, according to court documents. The man had no prior retail thefts, the complaint said.

She was arraigned before District Judge Allen Sinclair who set unsecured bail at $2,000, court documents said. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews