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Police: Nazareth Teacher Shoplifted, Left Daughter Behind

Stacee Banko, 32 of Lower Nazareth is free on $10,000 unsecured bail after allegedly loading up a Kohl's shopping bag with merchandise and leaving the store -- without her 11-year-old daughter.

Colonial Regional Police say a Lower Nazareth woman stole from a township department store Saturday, and then left her 11-year-old daughter behind.

Stacee Banko, 32, of the 300 block of Township Line Road, is charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property. She is a teacher in the Nazareth School District.

According to court records, Banko was at the Kohl's store in the Northampton Crossings shopping center when store security spotted her taking a shopping bag, loading it up with merchandise, and then leaving the store.

Police say Banko's daughter was with her at the time, unaware that her mother was stealing, or that she had left.

Banko was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Gay Elwell in Easton. She was free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Brendon September 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Leave the poor woman alone until you know all the facts. Perhaps she received an urgent phone call and ran out the store for better reception or whatever the case may be. To lay her out on the front page after over a decade of unblemished local public service without waiting for the whole thing to play out is, in my mind, wrong. Next time think of the kids she is teaching and what you are doing to them in your attempt to get out some exciting local dirt, mr. Ciliberti.
A September 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Poor woman?? Now that's a bunch of crap!! Perfect example of someone who is selfish and uncaring for anyone else's feelings, especially her kids! Unblemished local public service... Until she got caught! You really think this was her first and only time?? Thankfully she won't be teaching any of my kids anymore! She taught one of them. What a shame! If you can't afford to buy the stuff, go to the clearance section! There are always great deals there or just don't go at all!!

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