Saturday, April 21, 2001

Two admit cash theft gone awry

        CANTON, Ohio — A man and woman who stole $215,000 from a supermarket in September were caught after they stuffed the loot in a locker but missed the sign warning that lockers must be emptied nightly.

        Terry A. Allen, 27, of Massillon, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to aggravated theft and receiving stolen property.

        Anita L. Patterson, 22, of Canton, pleaded guilty last week to the same charges and was scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

        Ms. Patterson, a clerk in the store's money room, showed Mr. Allen how to get in after hours. Ms. Patterson would report being robbed by a lone bandit.

        They put the money in a locker at the nearby Belden Village mall.

        However, they overlooked the warning that lockers must be emptied nightly. The next morning, security guards opened the locker and found two duffel bags with most of the stolen money.

        Mr. Allen's fingerprints were found on the money wrappers and Ms. Patterson's palm print was found on a locker.


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