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Grinch from Pa. in trouble with law again

Chambersburg woman who stole packages in âEUR(TM)04 to spend 2 years in program

Chambersburg woman who stole packages in âEUR(TM)04 to spend 2 years in program

December 28, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. ? A Chambersburg woman whose convictions included stealing Christmas presents with her mother will spend two years in the State Intermediate Punishment program, including time in a state prison.

Franklin County Judge John R. Walker on Wednesday signed an order placing Karen L. Beam, 51, in the program. In August, she had been found in violation of her parole and probation after new charges were filed against her during the summer, according to court documents.

In October, Beam was facing a state prison sentence for the violations, but instead was sent to the state women's prison in Muncy, Pa., for a 60-day evaluation to determine if she would be accepted into the two-year program. The program will include seven months in prison, followed by a halfway house program and community supervision.

In December 2004, Beam, her mother, Vonnie Stopyra, and another woman were charged and later convicted of theft for following delivery trucks and stealing merchandise and gifts worth thousands of dollars left at homes in and around Chambersburg. In April 2005, she also was charged and later convicted of a burglary at Chambersburg Hospital.

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Beam went into the hospital and stole the wallet of an unconscious patient and, along with her mother, used the man's credit and debit cards, according to records.

In October 2005, Beam was sentenced to five years of intermediate punishment, including a year in the county jail, according to court records.

In July, Beam was taken into custody again, charged with retail theft and false identification to law enforcement, according to court records. That case still is pending, according to the District Attorney's Office.

When her sentencing was delayed in October for the evaluation, Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell said Beam has a long history of addiction to painkillers stemming for cancer treatments years ago and that she also was the provider for her grandchild.

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