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Jennifer Banato uses garbage can to shoplift for 8th time, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:02:41 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 09:47:16 AM CST
Walmart in Lower Nazareth
LOWER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. -

A woman who was arrested seven times for shoplifting is now facing a felony charge after being caught stealing again, this time using a garbage can, officials said.

Jennifer D. Banato loaded men's clothing and five Xbox video games into a 32-gallon garbage can and tried to leave without paying at the Walmart store at 2926 Nazareth Pike, Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., around 8:15 p.m. Friday, said officials. The total cost of the merchandise -- including the garbage can -- was $151.59.

Court papers show Banato was out on bail after being charged with shoplifting on Nov. 8, 2012. She was convicted of shoplifting in March 1990, February 1995 and December 1998 and has been arrested three other times for the crime.

Banato also is wanted on drug charges in the state of Indiana, according to court records.

Banato, 41, of 125 Chestnut St., Bath, was arraigned on a charge of felony retail theft and committed to Northampton County Prison on $40,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 5.