Felony charges filed in Harrison food pantry theft
Six Harrison town employees entered not guilty pleas Tuesday on charges that they stole food from the town food pantry as the district attorney announced that charges against two of the accused would be upgraded to felonies.
Police say they have video of the six employees stealing food from the Harrison pantry, including 90-year-old former citizen of the year Florence D'Imperio. D'Imperio and Joseph Arcara, Jr., both found out at Tuesday's appearance that they will be facing felony burglary charges in the case.
Police sources say that an investigation revealed that the six had been stealing food for several months, but are suspected of having stolen goods for much longer than that. The other accused employees include Jack Arcara, D'Imperio's son William D'Imperio, Adam Straface and Cherryl Toplyn.
Arcara and D'Imperio could face up to seven years in prison if convicted of felony burglary.
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