• Serial shoplifting suspect sought by Ross Twp. police in custody


    A serial shoplifter was taken into police custody Wednesday, two days after Channel 11 News obtained surveillance video of her from Ross Township police.

    Authorities told Channel 11 News that Dawn Babuscio, of Spring Garden, is one of the most unusual shoplifters they’ve ever dealt with.

    “She doesn’t make much of an attempt to conceal what she’s doing,” Ross Township Sgt. Benjamin Dripps said.

    Police showed Channel 11 News surveillance video from the Ulta in The Block Northway. 

    They said during one week in February, Babuscio walked into the store four times, went directly to the pricey perfumes, loaded up her purse and walked out without paying. She pocketed thousands of dollars in merchandise over a few visits, police said.

    “The odd thing about it is that she’s well-known by employees in this store. I’m not sure why she goes back there. As you can see, she does it almost on a daily basis,” Dripps said.

    Channel 11 News dug into Babuscio's criminal past and discovered she is a repeat offender. Since 1989, she’s been convicted of retail theft more than 17 times.

    Babuscio was arrested Wednesday in West Mifflin and was taken to jail. She was on probation in February when the thefts occurred.



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