Three accused in iPad, iPod thefts

January 21, 2013
Pamela Smallis

A Coraopolis woman, already facing trial in Allegheny County on child pornography and drug charges, has been charged with retail theft and conspiracy for allegedly stealing Apple iPads and iPods from Walmart, Trinity Point, South Strabane Township, earlier this month.

Pamela Marie Smallis, 49, along with Jeremy Stover, 24, and Olivia Elizabeth Domenick, 21, also of Coraopolis, are accused of stealing nine iPads and 23 iPods from the store in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.

According to police, the three are seen on surveillance video entering the store. Smallis and Domenick are seen going to the electronics department, where Smallis is shown reaching behind the counter, opening a drawer and removing a set of keys, police said. Domenick reportedly went behind the counter and used the keys to unlock display cases.

Domenick and Smallis are seen removing the iPads and iPods from the display and placing them in a shopping cart, before leaving the store and loading the items into a white van.

The three were identified by police officers from Moon and Harmony townships. One of those officers saw Domenick and Stover in Pittsburgh wearing the same clothing they reportedly were wearing during the theft. Police said the two sold several iPods at a store on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh.

Detective Ken Torboli, who filed the charges against the trio, said they also had been spotted at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Torboli said the three are reportedly addicted to heroin.

Smallis was initially the subject of an undercover investigation into the alleged sale of illegal narcotics and prescription medication to minors, according to the state attorney general’s office. Following her arrest on drug charges last April, the AG’s Computer Forensics Unit said it examined a cellphone memory card and found a large amount of child pornography.

Stover, who was picked up by Moon police on a South Strabane warrant, was arraigned Friday on charges of retail theft and conspiracy before District Judge Jay Weller. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $10,000 bond. Warrants have been obtained for the arrests of Smallis and Domenick. Police said they are transients and have been staying in various motels. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call police at 724-225-8111.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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