WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. | A New Jersey woman released from custody Sunday morning following a shoplifting arrest was arrested again about four hours later for the same crime at the same mall.
Whitehall Township police charged Samantha Flazarano, of Knowlton Township in Warren County, with shoplifting following her arrests Saturday and Sunday at the Lehigh Valley Mall. Initially released on unsecured bail, the 30-year-old is now in Lehigh County Jail after failing to post $20,000 bail.
Township police were dispatched to the mall shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a reported shoplifter at Forever 21. An employee reported seeing Flazarano put several items in her purse and slip into a dressing room, where she stayed for about an hour, according to court records.
When the employee checked on Flazarano, he said she was stomping on security sensors in what appeared to be an effort to get them off the articles of clothing, according to police.
Flazarano left the changing room and refused to allow the employee to check the items she had, according to the criminal complaint. A review of the store’s video surveillance allegedly confirmed her stuffing merchandise into her purse.
Police said Flazarano had several articles of clothing and a security sensor in her purse. A search of her purse also turned up a needle nose pliers and jewelry from Claire’s, according to police. A search of the suitcase she was carrying also allegedly turned up shoplifted merchandise.
Flazarano allegedly stole about $228 worth of merchandise from Forever 21 and $267 worth of merchandise from Claire’s.
District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned Flazarano about 9:45 a.m. Sunday, releasing her on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Township police responded to the Lehigh Valley Mall about 2 p.m. Sunday for an alleged shoplifter in custody at Macy’s. Store security reported apprehending Flazarano in the parking lot with about $861 in stolen merchandise.
Hammond arraigned her about 4:30 p.m., setting bail the second time at $20,000.
Police charged Flazarano with two counts of shoplifting and one count of receiving stolen property, all misdemeanors. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 31.