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Vandergrift couple allegedly stole from relatives

- Kristina Modolo accused of stealing thousands for heroin
Kristina Modolo accused of stealing thousands for heroin
- Shane K. Modolo accused of stealing thousands for heroin
Shane K. Modolo accused of stealing thousands for heroin

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

A Vandergrift couple is awaiting dozens of charges for allegedly stealing jewelry and using relatives' credit cards and checks to buy heroin and food, police said Monday.

Shane Kader Modolo, 26, and Kristina Modolo, 24, both of 112 West Virginia Ave., were in the Westmoreland County jail Monday in lieu of $25,000 bond each pending a hearing.

Police said they purchased heroin and, on one occasion, took $500 from a credit card to buy food for themselves and two children.

Vandergrift police and Westmoreland County detectives allege the couple took $15,000 to $20,000 worth of jewelry from his grandmother's safe starting in 2012.

They are accused of stealing thousands of dollars by cashing his grandmother's and aunt's checks and using credit cards.

A detective said he is still taking an inventory of the illegal purchases.

Police allege Shane Modolo sold gold to an area jewelry shop about 10 times in January.

He is charged with five counts of theft, six counts of receiving stolen property, four counts of conspiracy, three counts of using someone else's credit card and two counts of forgery.

Kristina Modolo is charged with four counts of conspiracy, multiple counts of using another's credit cards, forgery, receiving stolen property and theft.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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