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BRIAR CREEK, Pa. - Police in Pennsylvania said a nun is shown on surveillance video stealing from a store, using the store's grocery bags hidden in her purse, according to WNEP.

Workers at the Surplus Outlet near Berwick said the nun stole $23 worth of food and toiletries from the business.

The crime was apparently captured on the store's surveillance camera around 3:45 p.m. Monday.

"Another customer came to me in aisle 5 and said 'I'm not sure what I'm seeing, but I think a woman is stealing,' and she had already left the store by that time, and I went out to pursue her," said Zane Kishbach, a manager at Surplus Outlet.

Workers were able to get the license plate number on the car.

State police said the car is owned by the nuns at Saints Cyril and Methodius Convent in Danville.

The thief, Agnes Pennino, 78, is a nun at the convent.

She's charged with a summary offense.

If she pleads guilty, she will only have to pay a fine.

"I was shocked to say the least," Kishback said. "I couldn't believe it, that a nun would actually do something like that."

Investigators and store employees believe Pennino planned to steal from the store.

They said Pennino brought the store's red grocery bags in her purse to take the stolen items out of the store.

The woman apparently avoided leaving the store through the exit, because she would have had to pass by all the cashiers who would have seen her leaving with groceries that hadn't been checked out.

Instead, she waited for someone to enter through the front door, which triggers an automatic door open, and left the store.

"Terrible. Humanity's gone to hell to put it bluntly. It's not good anymore," said Wendy Everett, who shops at the store.

The convent declined to comment.