Woman Arrested for Stealing Dropped Money


If you saw someone drop a $20 bill on the ground, would you consider pocketing it?

Police in Delaware County have arrested a woman who was caught on surveillance tape pocketing money that someone dropped on the ground.

28-year-old Stephanie Paparo was at a WaWa convenience store when a fellow shopper unknowingly dropped two wads of cash as he reached into his pocket while trying to buy water and a snack.

After he left the store, video footage shows a woman reaching down and grabbing the money. She then looked around the store to make sure no one spotted her, and left the scene.

The victim, Jim Duffy, had planned to use the money for a down payment on a new car, according to local broadcaster WWLP.

When the footage was broadcast on the local news, police received several anonymous tips that led them to Paparo. She was taken into custody on Tuesday night and authorities told the NBC affiliate that she has confessed to the crime.

The mom of three claimed she spent some of the money on her children and used the rest to cover overdue rent. She has has been charged with misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property and was released on $10,000 bail, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“She saw it. She knew whose money it was,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the paper. “She didn’t make any effort to return the money to the individual. It’s a theft.”

What do you think? Does “Finders Keepers” still apply if you watch someone lose something and stand by and say nothing?

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