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September 5, 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A Scranton man was charged with theft after allegedly scheming to steal $40.00 in cash after pretending to be short-changed from a local ice cream shop on March 31, 2017, according to police.
James Francis Pugliese, 54, allegedly pretended like he didn’t get his change from Dairy Queen on north Susquehanna trail, Monroe township, but was caught after the manager reviewed camera footage and discovered that Pugliese “had been caught and identified in another jurisdiction committing the same crime,” according to the criminal complaint.
“(employee) related that on May 31, 2017 at 1:56pm an unknown white male the defendant later identified as James Francis Pugliese entered that restaurant and made a small purchase of less than $3.00. The defendant paid with a 50.00 bill and received his change. The defendant then advised the cashier that he received the wrong amount of change; this after having changed the two 20.00 bills he received in change with two one dollar bills he had in his pocket. The cashier then provided the defendant with the “correct” change, another 40.00 dollars,” Read the criminal complaint.
Pugliese then left. After employees reviewed footage they had realized what happened.
Pugliese was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.
A hearing will be held on 9/28 on 1025 US RT 522 in Selinsgrove.
The Orange Street News tried calling Pugliese but no one answered.