Police: Pa. women stole thousands for dog show hobby

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DERRY, Pa. (AP) - Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

Online court records don't list attorneys for 30-year-old Jessica Skacel, of Derry, and 22-year-old Ashley Giovannagelo, of Greensburg. For now, the women are charged with stealing a minimum of $2,000 from each victim.

State police are still trying to tally the thefts and believe much more was stolen.

Police say Skacel was hired to care for the women, who are now 85 and 83, and eventually brought in Giovannagelo to help her. Since, 2012, police say the defendants have stolen tens of thousands of dollars from each woman's bank account and used it show their St. Bernards in dog shows around the country.

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