Thwarted dress sale brings theft charge
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Cranberry Eagle Bureau Chief
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By J.W. Johnson Jr.
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January 10, 2018
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Two business owners are facing charges after allegedly withholding a dress purchased from their business and refusing to reimburse the family after a nearly 16-month wait.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Zelienople police, Linda and Peter Philip Scolieri, both 56, and of 164 Village Drive, Cranberry Township, are charged with theft by deception-false impression, criminal conspiracy engaging and receiving stolen property.

The complaint states the victim’s family had signed a contract on Sept. 3, 2016, with One Enchanted Evening, 201 S. Main St., Zelienople, for a dress totaling $1,272. The Scolieris are owners of the business, according to Butler County court records.

The victim had second thoughts about the order, and contacted a salesperson to put it on hold. She again contacted the business on Sept. 10, 2016, to ask if the money could be used for another item instead, and was told by a female identifying herself as “the owner” that she had to follow the contract, the complaint states. No indication was given as to whether the dress had been ordered.

The victim’s mother indicated the check would be canceled, and was told it had already been cashed. The complaint states the mother asked several times whether the dress had been ordered, and was told to leave the business or the police would be called. Bank records indicated the check had been cashed on Sept. 7, 2016.

The family attempted to pick up the dress on July 19, 2017, and after waiting 40 minutes were told it could not be found. A man identifying himself as “Pete” told the family that someone had called to cancel the order the previous December, and it had not been placed. The family asked for the dress to be ordered or for the money to be returned, and were told neither would occur due to a broken contract.

As of Dec. 19, 2017, the family had not been reimbursed or received the dress.

A preliminary hearing and arraignment for the Scolieris is set for 10:15 a.m. Jan. 23. before District Judge Wayne D. Seibel.

In an unrelated incident, Peter Scolieri awaits trial on three counts each of indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a July 20, 2016, incident in which Scolieri is accused of posing nude in the window of the business.

According to court documents, a witness provided police a photo of Scolieri in the window. While being questioned by police, he allegedly admitted to having two alcoholic drinks. He was placed in a police vehicle, where he “began bashing his head on the window and had to be told to stop multiple times,” the complaint states.

Court records show the case was continued in December, with a status hearing set for 9 a.m. Jan. 16 before President Judge Thomas J. Doerr.