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TUNKHANNOCK — State police at Tunkhannock charged two people with stealing crossbows from Walmart in Eaton Township in early September.

Donald Irwin Pirches III, 34, of Parkesburg, Chester County, and Barbara Ann Hibbitts, 33, of Narvon, Lancaster County, surrendered Tuesday on charges of retail theft and criminal conspiracy. They were released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

State police on Oct. 7 released surveillance pictures recorded by Walmart of two possible suspects in the thefts of crossbows from the Eaton Township store on Sept. 3.

Immediately after the pictures were released to news media, Cabela’s asset protection officers in Berks County contacted state police and provided information that the suspects were involved in a similar theft at their store.

Cabela’s prvided a license plate number to state police.

State police said the investigation led to the identifications of Pirches and Hibbitts as suspects in the crossbow thefts at Walmart.

Investigators believe a woman and a man conspired to steal crossbows by hiding the items in totes and by emptying boxes containing merchandise of lower value at Walmart stores in Hazle Township and Eaton Township.

The value of the crossbows was $2,300, state police said.

No charges have been filed related to the thefts from the Hazle Township Walmart.

A white Chevrolet Astro van with stripes and with a ladder rack on the rear was used in the thefts, state police said.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Nov. 6.

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