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Scottdale woman charged with retail theft

A Scottdale woman is facing charges of robbery and retail theft after she almost hit a Kmart store employee with her car.

Tiffany Gemas, 23, of 407 S. Broadway Ave., was charged with robbery with inflicting threat of immediate bodily injury, receiving stolen property and retail theft at District Court 10-3-10 on Oct. 3.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 21 in which employees of Kmart in East Huntingdon saw Gemas allegedly leave the store with two Steelers bags with CD-ROM video games inside -- a total value of $1,897.89.

An employee pursued her outside the store into the parking lot, and Gemas got into a green 1998 Plymouth Neon.

The employee attempted to retrieve the stolen merchandise that had been placed on the front passenger seat through the lowered front passenger window.

The employee was partially inside the vehicle when Gemas began moving the vehicle.

One of the Steelers bags was recovered after being dropped by Gemas as she ran to her vehicle.

Trooper Matthew Pergar of the state police at Greensburg spoke with Gemas and she denied any knowledge of the incident; he then returned to Kmart where he gave a description of Gemas to the employees, who told him that description fit the woman.

Store security footage showed Gemas was in the store on Sept. 17 and Sept. 21.

On Sept. 30, Gemas confessed to stealing the merchandise, adding that she would disguise herself by wearing a wig and selling the merchandise on the street.

The total amount stolen was $3,729.31.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 12 at District Court 10-3-10.

Gemas is free on $10,000 bond.

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