Nazareth Teacher Accused of Shoplifting, Leaving Daughter Behind

Stacee Banko, 32, a Nazareth Area Intermediate School teacher, is free on $10,000 unsecured bail after allegedly shoplifting from Kohl's in Lower Nazareth Township.

Colonial Regional Police say a Lower Nazareth woman -- and Nazareth Area Intermediate School teacher -- stole from a township department store Saturday, and then left her 11-year-old daughter behind.

Stacee Banko, 32, of the 300 block of Township Line Road, is charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property.

Banko is a 5th grade teacher in the Nazareth Area School District, where she has taught for 10 years, according to teacherweb.com.

According to court records, Banko was at the Kohl's store in the Northampton Crossings shopping center when store security spotted her taking a shopping bag and loading it up with clothing.

Although Banko paid for one item, she left the store without paying for $184.94 in merchandise, according to police.

Police say Banko's daughter was with her at the time, unaware that her mother was stealing, or that she had left.

Banko was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Gay Elwell in Easton, and was free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Banko's teacherweb.com profile says she is currently working toward her principal certification.

An e-mail sent Wednesday to Superintendent Dennis Riker was not immediately returned, though it is Yom Kippur and not a standard school day.

Stephan September 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
If you really believe for one moment that this is the first time she has done this you are sadly mistaken. Lets be realistic, you usually don't get caught the first time. Anyone who actually knows anything about her knows she is quite capable of this and worse. Most of her own family will vouch for that.
A September 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Was less than $200 really worth it?!? Go to the clearance racks people, they always have really good sales and if you can't afford it, just don't go to the store!!!
Sue Berko October 25, 2012 at 06:18 AM
She was a terrible teacher nasty, picked favorites, taught her daughter and step-daughter to be bullies. She was pregrant while working with children and not married. The school even let her be the teacher of her step daughter. What a great role model she it to her studies and all 6 of her kids. What a total loser. I hope they fire her and take her kids away.
Kari Wright November 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
It is sad that people are so judgmental. Good people can make mistakes and we don't know her situation. Also families can be dysfunctional, just because you don't get along with your family doesn't mean a person is bad, it could be the other family members are cruel as well.
Kylem February 11, 2013 at 07:20 PM


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