December 14, 1997 in Nation/World

Thief Seeks Jail Time To Match Sale Price

Associated Press

If the shoplifted merchandise was on sale, was the crime not quite so bad?

Police accused Cheryl Newton of stealing about $100 worth of goods from the Rutland Price Chopper supermarket, including doughnuts, batteries, cigarettes and videotapes.

If the retail prices are added up, the tab comes to $101.49. That’s over Vermont’s $100 threshold for a felony retail theft charge, which can get you up to 10 years in prison.

Newton’s public defender wants to take into account sales going on at the store that day.

Both the batteries and doughnuts were marked down - enough to lower the bill to $97.37 and the charge to a misdemeanor, punishable by a $300 fine and six months in jail.

Police said if you want the sale price at Price Chopper, you have to show a courtesy card at the register, which Newton didn’t do.

Newton, 32, of Shaftsbury, is in jail on other retail theft charges.

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