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Man allegedly leaves 3 kids in car to shoplift

L. SAUCON TWP., Pa. - Authorities in Northampton County allege a Bethlehem man left three children in the car, while he shoplifted from a Giant grocery store.

Lower Saucon Township police charged Donald J. Niquette, of West Garrison Street, with shoplifting, three counts of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 57-year-old Saturday afternoon, setting bail at $10,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Township police were dispatched to the Giant grocery store at 1880 Leithsville Road shortly before 12:30 p.m. Saturday for a reported shoplifting suspect.

Store management told police they had stopped a man later identified as Niquette at his car with about $200 worth of merchandise in the shopping cart, according to court records. The merchandise included Dixie and Hefty products, diapers and baby wipes, according to records.

Police said records revealed several shoplifting arrests and at least two convictions.

When he was taken into custody, police found a green plastic baggie with a white residue in Niquette’s possession. Authorities suspect the baggie was one commonly used to package drugs.

While police turned over Niquette’s personnel items to a friend, they discovered that he had left three children, ages 7, 8 and 9, in the car, while his allegedly shoplifted.

Niquette failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11.

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