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Utah couple that won free groceries was facing theft charges

November 21, 2017

In this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 photo, retired U.S. Army Cpl. Nicholas Mannino and his wife, Stephanie, shop at the WinCo grocery store in South Salt Lake. Authorities say the Layton couple won $10,400 worth of groceries at the WinCo store-opening on Friday, face felony charges alleging the theft of more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from another store. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

LAYTON, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Layton couple that won $10,400 worth of groceries at a store-opening in Utah face felony charges alleging the theft of more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from another store.

The Deseret News reports the WinCo Foods store in South Salt Lake surprised Nicholas and Stephanie Mannino on Friday with the award of a year’s worth of groceries through Operation HomeFront.

The program partners with stores to honor military families, and Nicholas Mannino retired as a corporal in 2007 after six years in the U.S. Army.

The newspaper says that on Thursday, the two pleaded not guilty in a Farmington courtroom to felony theft charges alleging they systematically stole items from a department store where Stepanie Mannino worked as a cashier.

Their attorney, Paul Remy, declined to comment Saturday, and the couple didn’t respond Monday to a request for comment.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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