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Scottdale woman faces shoplifting charges

| Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, 8:03 p.m.

A Scottdale woman was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison after she allegedly shoplifted from a Scottdale store and broke into a house in South Huntingdon.

At 1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ben Savanick, an owner of Collections by Marty, contacted the Scottdale Police Department about two women in his store that he suspected stealing items. But he told police he was not able to prove the allegations.

When Savanick saw the two women concealing store items in their purses, he chased them behind the store.

Nichole Marie Snyder, 20, of 1604 Race St., was later apprehended by police after they received information that two women matching the description of the two shoplifters at Collections by Marty had been at Plato's Closet, a consignment shop in Greensburg. The state police at Greensburg were contacted.

In Snyder's purse, police found stamp bags of heroin as well as hypodermic needles.

Video surveillance showed Snyder and another woman stealing merchandise from the store valued at $889 on Nov. 12 and $837 on Nov. 1.

Police said Snyder also stole from the home of her aunt located along Route 981 on Nov. 24.

Police said she stole coins, jewelry and other items from within the residence.

Snyder took some of the stolen property to cash them in at two separate pawn shops.

Snyder was charged with three counts each of retail theft and criminal conspiracy, one count each of prohibited acts, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and drug possession at District Judge Charles Moore's office.

She was placed in the prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or