Police: Woman stole from 'grandma's pets'

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Stewartstown-area woman is accused of stealing from grandma and her pets.

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Rachael Ann Stough, 26, of 7521 Hickory Road in East Hopewell Township, is free on her own recognizance, charged with forgery, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

According to charging documents filed March 30 by state police, it happened Feb. 18, when Stough was the only employee working that day at Grandma's House for Pets, a business located outside Stewartstown at 16040 Maddox Road in Hopewell Township.

Stough took three separate payments from customers totaling $260, but only deposited $40 of that amount, then initialed a receipt using her boss' initials, documents allege.

Four days later, business owner Caroline Lanasa discovered the theft and notified police, documents state.

Stough on March 30 admitted to stealing the money and forging Lanasa's initials, charging documents allege.

Allegedly resisted: When state police tried to arrest her, she resisted arrest "by actively refusing to surrender her hands" to troopers trying to handcuff her, police said.

She held her arms and hands against her body to try to thwart efforts to arrest her, according to police.

Stough did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Grandma's House for Pets offers kenneling, pet-sitting and grooming services, according to online reviews.

Lanasa declined comment Monday. It is unclear whether Stough is still working there.

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