Ephrata Police charged Ashlea N. Bernard, 32, of Gordonville and Kimberly A. Newcomer, 35, of Manheim with Retail Theft, Theft by Deception and Criminal Conspiracy for their role in a merchandise return scam at Giant, 850 East Main Street, Ephrata Township. The scam involved bringing a receipt from a prior purchase to the store, selecting the same merchandise, failing to pay for the merchandise and returning the stolen merchandise using the old receipt. The scam was perpetrated on three separate dates in late May 2016. A summons to appear was sent to Newcomer. Ephrata Police hold an arrest warrant for Bernard. Bernard and Newcomer are presumed innocent.