Harrison food pantry suspects in court today

Five former Harrison town employees charged with stealing from the local food pantry are due back in court this morning.

A sixth town worker has already entered a guilty plea and took a deal offered by the district attorney.

Lawyers for the other five said they needed a little more time to go over everything, but they are all expected to do the same today.

Florence D'Imperio, 90, William D'Imperio, Joseph Arcara Jr., Jack Arcara, and Adam Straface are all accused of stealing donated items from the Harrison food pantry that were meant for the needy.

The five suspects, along with Cherryl Toplyn, were arrested after a three-month undercover investigation by the Harrison Police Department.

The Westchester District Attorney's Office offered a deal that so far only Toplyn accepted.

The plea deal includes pleading guilty to one count of petty larceny, paying a maximum fine of $1,000 plus court fees, and there is a one-year conditional discharge which means the suspects must stay out of trouble for one year.

In addition, as part of a new state law all must give a DNA sample to the Harrison Police Department.

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