A man and woman came up losers when they divvied up merchandise they intended to steal near lottery machines in a food store .
David M. Reeser and Brenda Lee Richner were stopped in the vestibule of the Giant at 859 Nazareth Pike, Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, as they tried to make off with $295.05 in stolen food items about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
Reeser and Richner were seen by store security putting items in their shopping cart into reusable bags near the lottery machines in the Giant just before they tried to leave, officials said.
Reeser and Richner, both 48, live at the same address, 41 N. Whitfield St., Nazareth, Northampton County, officials noted.
Both were charged with retail theft and conspiracy, with Reeser released on $250 unsecured bail because it is his first shoplifting offense and Richner committed to the Northampton County Prison on $250 bail because it is her second offense, according to court documents.
Both will have a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 2.