• Organized theft ring targeted Marshalls, TJ Maxx stores

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    PITTSBURGH - Four people pleaded guilty to operating what police called an “organized retail theft ring” that targeted Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores in the Pittsburgh area.
     
    The targeted stores included those in Collier Township, Homestead, Monroeville, the city of Pittsburgh, Richland Township, Robinson Township, Ross Township, Scott Township, West Mifflin, Cranberry Township, and Peters Township.
     
    More than 60 crimes were identified by store surveillance and return records involving Yolanda Wiley, David T. Witherspoon, Jonathan E. Smith and Angela M. Priore.
     
    All four individuals pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge A. Mariani on August 25. Full restitution of $16,308.98 was ordered at the trial proceedings. 
     
    Priore pleaded to receiving stolen property and theft by deception. She was sentenced to five years probation.
     
    Smith pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and theft by deception. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5.
     
    Witherspoon and Wiley both pleaded guilty to felony organized retail theft. They are also scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5.

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