Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bethlehem police charge man in theft of deodorant

Grocery store employee sniffs out shoplifter

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Nov 19 2016- A Northampton County man is facing shoplifting charges after authorities allege he tried to walk out of a grocery store with more than $100 worth of deodorant.
Bethlehem police charged Michael T. Farrell with a single felony count of retail theft. District Judge David Howells arraigned the 33-year-old Wednesday night, setting bail at $10,000.
Authorities said Farrell walked into the Giant grocery store 2174 W. Union Blvd. shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and stole 20 8-ounce cans of Degree deodorant spray. Each can cost $5.49, putting the theft at almost $110, according to court records.
Police said a Giant employee identified Farrell. He was arrested Wednesday.
A criminal history check revealed three prior shoplifting convictions along with two active arrest warrants on retail theft charges, according to police.

Farrell, of the 900 block of Wedgewood Road in Hanover Township, failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Nov. 16.

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