Cops: Mass. woman bought $64 of soda with stolen welfare card just for can deposit

Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.

LYNN, Mass. — Authorities say a Massachusetts woman bought $64 worth of soda using a stolen welfare benefits card, then immediately fed the full cans into the supermarket’s automated redemption machine for the nickel deposit.

Tina Cafarelli, of Lynn, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including larceny, property destruction and receiving stolen property. She was ordered held on $250 bail.

Police tell The Daily Item that the electronic benefits card Cafarelli used to buy the 18 12-packs of soda had another person’s name on it. The supermarket manager says the full cans caused extensive damage to the redemption machine.

The 36-year-old Cafarelli couldn’t be reached for comment.

Information from: The Daily Item, http://itemlive.com

 

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