LAYTON, Utah — The Latest on a Utah couple that won free groceries after facing theft charges (all times local):
A program that helps military families with free groceries says it was saddened to learn that a family that won $10,400 worth of groceries had recently been charged with stealing more than $5,000 in merchandise from another store.
Operation Homefront said in a statement Monday afternoon that they selected the Mannino family because the family of eight was struggling to get by on a limited disability income.
The organization said it will monitor the theft case against Nicholas and Stephanie Mannino as it decides whether to give them remaining funds in their award.
The Deseret News reported that the couple received about $1,000 worth in groceries and gift cards last week.
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 Stephanie 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.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com