NBC10 Philadelphia - Terry Ruggles
Stephanie Paparo was arrested on Tuesday for taking off with more than $2,000 of dropped cash. Police say a man unknowingly dropped the cash at a Wawa in Upper Darby, Paparo picked it up and bolted. NBC10's Terry Ruggles reports.
A woman caught on surveillance video stealing money someone else dropped on the ground was arraigned Wednesday morning in Delaware County court.
Stephanie Paparo, 28, of Clifton Heights, was taken into custody Tuesday night, after NBC10 reported the story. Police say they received a flood of anonymous tip calls which led them to Paparo's home. They found Paparo and arrested her around 6:30 p.m.
Police say she confessed to the crime which took place four weeks ago at the WaWa on the 5300 block of Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights. Investigators say a man unknowingly dropped two wads of cash as he reached into his pocket while trying to buy water and a snack. After he left the store, a woman was captured on security video reaching down and grabbing the money. She was then seen looking around the store to make sure no one spotted her, before fleeing the scene.
Police say Paparo stole $2,300 in cash. The victim, Jim Duffy, told police he was hoping to use the money for a down payment on a car.
NBC10's Tim Furlong attempted to talk to Paparo as she left court Wednesday morning but she had no comment.
Paparo's friend told NBC10 Paparo is facing tough financial times and just made a mistake.
Police say Paparo, who does not have a criminal record, spent some of the money on her three children and gave the rest to her boyfriend to pay the rent.
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