Cash Snatcher Busted

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 3:01pm

Security cameras showed woman scooping up $2,300 dropped by man in checkout line.

A woman caught on surveillance video stealing money someone else dropped on the ground was arraigned Wednesday morning in a Pennsylvania court.

Stephanie Paparo, 28, of Clifton Heights, was taken into custody Tuesday night.

Police say they received a flood of anonymous tip calls which led them to Paparo's home after the surveillance video aired on NBC station WCAU.

They found Paparo and arrested her around 6:30 p.m.

Police say she confessed to the crime which took place four weeks ago at a WaWa in Clifton Heights.

Investigators say a man unknowingly dropped two wads of cash as he reached into his pocket while trying to buy water and a snack.

After he left the store, a woman was captured on security video reaching down and grabbing the money.

She was then seen looking around the store to make sure no one spotted her, before fleeing the scene.

Police say Paparo stole $2,300 in cash.

The victim, Jim Duffy, told police he was hoping to use the money for a down payment on a car.

Paparo's friend told WCAU Paparo is facing tough financial times and just made a mistake.

Police say Paparo, who does not have a criminal record, spent some of the money on her three children and gave the rest to her boyfriend to pay the rent.

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