Thief of Advil gets jail for his 12th shoplifting conviction


LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed for stealing a $4.49 bottle of Advil because it was the 12th time he’s been convicted of shoplifting.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 51-year-old David Springer in June of taking the Advil from a Giant store last year. He was charged with a felony because of numerous retail theft convictions.

Police say Springer stole the pills by stashing the bottle in his pocket even though he paid for other items that day.

Judge Jeffrey Wright says Springer is a threat to society because he keeps stealing

Springer will serve four months in county prison, five months on house arrest, 14 months on parole and three years on probation.

He was sentenced Oct. 4.

A message was left Monday for an attorney representing him. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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