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Food pantry director charged with stealing groceries
By Jillian Jorgensen, Globe Correspondent
Police say that the executive director of the Randolph Community Food Pantry and his wife were shoplifting from a local supermarket. But the couple says there was simply a mishap in the self-checkout line.
Ronald DiGuilio, 60, the executive director, and his wife, Rita, 52, both of Randolph, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment today in Quincy District Court to charges they stole between $50 and $60 worth of goods from a Shaw’s Supermarket on Memorial Parkway, according to David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office.
Mrs. DiGuilio said the incident Monday was a misunderstanding and that she and her husband were having trouble with the store’s self-checkout machine. She said her husband called over a store employee for help three or four times after being prompted to do so by the machine.
The employee "punched in her code and she told him he was all set, so he just assumed that everything was OK.," she said.
As they walked out the door, they were stopped because some of the items had not actually been scanned and paid for, she said.
“It is just really devastating because it wasn’t something that was done intentionally,” she said.
The case has been continued until June 18, Traub said. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $250 fine.
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