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Odd but true: Suspect in 4 heists needed money for kitty litter


The Associated Press



PITTSBURGH -- Authorities say a Pittsburgh woman jailed in four recent store robberies told police she needed money for dog food and kitty litter. 


Police say 28-year-old Melissa Santoro netted less than $300 in the heists. 


Police say a clerk at a Sunoco gas station robbed last month and again Tuesday night recognized Santoro when she came in to buy cigarettes. Police say she denied robbing the station. She also denied robbing a Pittsburgh Rite Aid last month and Jet's Pizza in neighboring Dormont on Tuesday night. 


But police say after taking a lie detector test, Santoro confessed to all four robberies. 


She told them a gun she carried was plastic, and she needed money for her pets and to help her mother. 


She was jailed Friday and doesn't have an attorney.




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