TROY - Vinnie Mignano said Misty Jo Greeno, 31, of Columbia Cross Roads was a frequent customer at his family's pizza restaurant in downtown Troy.

The restaurant is just down the street from the Brann, Williams, Caldwell, and Sheetz law firm. State police at Towanda have charged Greeno with the theft of more than $20,000 from the law firm. In addition to theft by unlawful taking, she was charged with receiving stolen property and criminal attempt/escape.

Police said that when Greeno was told that she was under arrest and was being taken into custody, she tried to escape by running for the exit door at the state police barracks. She was taken into physical custody, before she could get away, police said.

When asked for comment by The Daily Review, Mignano said he graduated with Greeno from Troy High School in 2000, and described her as easygoing and laid back.

"This is too bad," Mignano said. "I hope things get made right."

Police said that the charges against Greeno were filed after a forensic audit of the law firm's accounts revealed a large sum of money missing.

According to police, a detailed analysis of the accounts found that Greeno received more than $20,000 in cash from various sources, and failed to deposit it into the law firm's account. Police did not say what type of position she held.

She was arraigned before District Court 42-3-02 and remanded to Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

News of the arrest comes in the same month as news related to another large theft in Troy.

Earlier this month, the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Joanne Beers, 58, of Monroeton, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to a two-year term of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for embezzling money from Martha Lloyd Community Services in Troy. In addition, she was ordered to pay $96,185.68 in restitution.

When asked for comment by The Daily Review, another Troy resident, Curtis Ayers, said that he thought such large thefts affected the trust factor in the community. He thought the most recent theft was just "ignorant."

"Now, we have to figure out how to get that back," he commented.

Another high-profile theft in western Bradford County was the case of Brenda K. Mott.

In 2005, Mott pleaded guilty to four felony charges involving the theft of money from the Canton Borough Authority over a six-year period.

At the time of Mott's theft of money from the authority, Mott was the authority's bookkeeper and Allen, Rogers & Osgood was the borough authority's auditing firm.

The state contends the amount taken was more than $500,000. Mott pleaded guilty to taking in excess of $100,000 from the authority.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.