Nun charged with shoplifting coffee, soap

(CNN) – A manager here at surplus outlet pointed out what is believed to be a woman shoplifting from the store. The surveillance video was taken around 3:45 P.M. Monday.

“Another customer came to me in aisle 5 and said, ‘I’m not sure what I’m seeing, but I think a woman is stealing,’ and she had already left the store by that time and I went out to pursue her,” said Zane Kishbach.

Workers were able to get the license plate number from the car.  State police say that car is owned by the nuns at saints Cyril and Methodius convent here in Danville.

Then came the biggest surprise. Troopers say the thief is a nun; 78-year-old Agnes Pennino, who lives at the convent.

“I was shocked, to say the least. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it that a nun would actually do something like that,” said Kishbach.

Investigators and store employees believe Pennino planned to steal from the store.

They say Pennino brought the store’s red grocery bags in her purse to take the stolen items out of the store.

Store workers say the woman avoided leaving the store through the actual exit because she would have had to pass by all the cashiers who would have seen her leaving with groceries that hadn’t been checked out.

Video shows her leaving by the front door. When someone coming triggers the automatic door open, she makes a run for it, taking $23 worth of snacks, coffee, soap, and shampoo with her.

The convent declined to comment, as for Pennino, she’s been charged with a summary offense.  If she pleads guilty, she will only have to pay a fine.

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