Grinches Busted

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Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:26pm

Trio busted after stealing thousands of toys from more than 90 stores.

Pennsylvania police have arrested three people accused of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from dozens of local stores.

Officers said the suspects kept detailed notes of what they stole and what stores they hit.

Theresa Warner, her juvenile son and Christopher Damaio are all facing charges.

Investigators said the trio was originally arrested for stealing $500 worth of baseball cards.

After their arrests, investigators said they learned that they may be part of a bigger crime.

Police believe the trio rented a cargo van and traveled from New York to Pennsylvania targeting 80 to 90 stores along the way.

Investigators said the estimated value of the stolen merchandise is more than $35,000.

On Wednesday investigators showed reporters what was stored inside of the van the trio used.

The vehicle was packed with Barbies, baseball cards, Batman toys and hundreds of other items.

"It appears that the goal was to take these items to flea markets, utilize eBay or even park the van in a parking lot in a crowded mall and sell items out of the back of it," said Ross Township police Sgt. Benjamin Dripps.

Loss prevention officers from several stores visited the Ross Township Police Department.

Investigators said they hope to return the stolen items to the stores they were taken from.
 

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