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Latrobe couple charged with shoving guard, stealing from Wal-Mart

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Latrobe couple have been charged with robbery, harassment and retail theft for allegedly shoving a security guard at a Wal-Mart store in North Huntingdon while attempting to flee without paying for several video games.

Jacob J. Ferry, 24, and Diedre R. Yezerski, 27, both of Latrobe, were ordered held in the Westmoreland County Prison when they failed to post $10,000 bond apiece for the theft of several Xbox games at 12:36 p.m. March 29, court records show.

North Huntingdon police Officer Jay Kettren said the security guard saw Yezerski conceal several Xbox games valued at $120 in her purse and watched Ferry stuff several games inside his pants before they attempted to leave the store without paying, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

When the guard stopped Yezerski, Ferry “grabbed the security guard” and shoved him so the couple could run out of the store, Kettren alleges in the affidavit filed before North Huntingdon District Judge Douglas Weimer. The guard was able to hold onto Yezerski's purse, which contained her identification.

Authorities were able to identify the couple through her driver's license and social media, where she listed Ferry as her fiance.

Latrobe police later charged Ferry with stealing three checks from his grandmother in February. He allegedly cashed them at an express check cashing business on Route 30 in North Versailles in Allegheny County, according to an affidavit filed before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady by Sgt. Nunzio Santo Columbo of the Latrobe department.

A preliminary hearing before Weimer on the robbery charges is tentatively scheduled for April 30.

Paul Peirce is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or

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