UNION TWP. – Theft and other charges are pending on three Erie residents apprehended during a traffic stop on I-79 in Crawford County. On Tuesday at about ten-after-five in the afternoon, Pennsylvania State Troopers spotted a white Nissan Altima traveling 89 miles an hour in a 65-mile-per-hour zone. This occurred in the northbound lane of the highway at mile marker 140 in Union Township.
When the vehicle was stopped, police said they could smell a strong odor of marijuana. But of even greater interest were the shopping bags, duffel bags, and purses containing high-end clothing, piled in the back seat of the vehicle.
None of the occupants had receipts for the merchandise, and when interviewed, police said they all gave different accounts of where it came from and who it belonged to. A search warrant was obtained and police seized about 64-hundred dollars worth of goods, along with marijuana, tools, and other items allegedly used in the theft.
Police believe the merchandise was stolen from the Grove City Outlets.
The incident is currently under investigation, and police have not yet released the names of the suspects since no charges have yet been filed. They are identified only as two women and one man from Erie.