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Police Shocked To Find Nun Shoplifting (Video)

| by Zara Zhi
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A 78-year-old nun in central Pennsylvania was charged with shoplifting at a local store (video below).

Authorities tracked down Sister Agnes Pennino at her convent in Danville after workers at the Surplus Outlet near Berwick were able to get her license plate number. They say she stole $23 worth of food, coffee and toiletries from the establishment. The act was caught on camera on at around 3:45 p.m. on March 14 and has since been posted on YouTube via WNEP.

"Another customer came to me in aisle 5 and said, 'I'm not sure what I'm seeing, but I think a woman is stealing,' and she had already left the store by that time and I went out to pursue her," The store’s manager, Zane Kishback, told WNEP.

"I was shocked, to say the least. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it that a nun would actually do something like that," Kishback added.

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Detectives and store employees think Peninno planned the “heist” when she brought the red Surplus Outlet grocery bags in her purse and walked out through the front door instead of the exit.

"Waited for somebody to come in the door and when they came in the door she ran out," said Kishbach.

"Terrible. Humanity's gone to hell, to put it bluntly. It's not good anymore," said Wendy Everett of Berwick.

The Saints Cyril and Methodius Convent declined to comment on the incident, according to The Associated press.

Authorities interviewed Pennino and say she is mentally stable. She will =pay a fine if she pleads guilty, as shoplifting is a summary offense.

Sources: WNEP, AP via WJW, YouTube / Photo credit: Screenshot via WNEP-TV/YouTube

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