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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

A Connellsville woman was placed in the Westmoreland County Prison for allegedly shoplifting from a Scottdale store and being in possession of drugs.

Cortney Baker, 22, of 110 Miles Road was charged with three counts each of retail theft and criminal conspiracy, two counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of driving without a license at District Judge Charles Moore's office.

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

Baker was one of the women. The other was Nichole Marie Snyder, 20, of 1604 Race St., Scottdale, who had previously been charged and placed in the county prison.

The descriptions of the two women matched those of two who had been at Plato's Closet, a consignment shop in Greensburg, and it was later confirmed that they were selling the stolen items in the consignment shop.

When apprehended, police asked to search Baker's purse. She pulled out two hypodermic needles, and police discovered heroin. Baker told police that she is addicted to heroin.

Baker and Snyder stole $889 worth of merchandise from Collections by Marty, police said.

A preliminary hearing for Baker has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 16 at Moore's office.

She was lodged in prison on $5,000 bail.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media.

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