Pittsburgh PA Dec 16 2016 A former Oakland record store owner pleaded guilty to theft Tuesday and was sentenced to house arrest for what state prosecutors called a $2 million shoplifting ring.
Anthony J. Cicero, 51, pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kevin Sasinoski to one count of organized retail theft and was sentenced to six months of house arrest, 10 years of probation and ordered to pay a total of $175,000 in restitution. Prosecutors from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office withdrew charges of corrupt organizations, conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property.
The Attorney General's Office said Cicero had made more than $2 million by paying drug addicts to steal books, DVDS, toys, dietary supplements and other merchandise from retailers, which Cicero then sold on Amazon and eBay. About 1,500 stolen items were found in a back room at Slipped Disc, the now-closed record store Cicero owned on Atwood Street in Oakland.
His attorney, Charles J. Porter, could not be reached for comment.