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Woman accused of stealing $130 worth of potted plants

Published 12:26 pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Stephanie Zangrillo, 55, of 42 Fitch Ave., was charged Aug. 29 with sixth-degree larceny for the theft of potted plants, police said.

Police were dispatched to Stop & Shop, 25 Old Kings Highway North, to investigate a shoplifting complaint, where officers were told Zangrillo was confronted about loading a cart full of potted plants into her BMW X5, and she then drove off at a high rate of speed.

A witness to the incident was able to give police a partial license plate number, which lead police to Zangrillo's parents' home on Long Neck Point Road.

Initially, Zangrillo denied being at Stop & Shop, but eventually told police that she had been at the grocery store, according to the report.

She led police to her Fitch Avenue home and showed police the 14 potted plants that she had placed in her garage, police said. She told officers she was willing to go back to Stop & Shop to pay for the $137.86 worth of plants, according to police, but did not give a reason as to why she took them in the first place.

Zangrillo was released on a promise to appear Sept. 9 in court.