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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A Berwick woman was charged with theft after allegedly attempting to steal children’s clothing from a Selinsgrove store so that she would have presents to give out for Christmas, according to police.
Brittany Bankes, 28, allegedly picked children’s clothing and sneakers valued at $176.94, placed them in her purse, and attempted to leave the store before she was caught by security.
“Bankes then came out of the changing room with no clothing, and her purse looked bigger than it did before she went into the changing rooms. (Employee) advised that Bankes then did it again. Once again Bankes emerged from the changing room with none of the items that she had when she entered it and her purse again looked bigger. (Employee) advised that she had a store employee go inside of the changing room where tags were found on the ground,” read the criminal complaint.
“Bankes advised that she has been going through rough times and needed to get people things for Christmas. Bankes advised that all of the stolen items were going to be used as Christmas presents,” the complaint continued.
Bankes was charged with receiving stolen propoerty and retail theft.
A hearing will be held on 1/24 at 9:45 at 1025 Rt 522 in Selinsgrove