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Delina Sanfilippo Arrested Again: Latest Charges Involve Shoplifting at Target

Daughter of prominent local pizza family already faces assault charges in June 7 knife incident.

Updated at 9:40 p.m. Jan. 18, 2012

Delina Sanfilippo was back in jail Thursday.

Seven months after being charged with assaulting a peace officer in a knife-showing case, the daughter of the Sanfilippo's Pizza family faces aggravated shoplifting charges, police said.

Capt. Dan Willis of the La Mesa Police Department said surveillance video at the Target store in Grossmont Center led to the arrest Thursday of Delina Sanfilippo, daughter of Village restaurateur Anna Sanfilippo.

"The store discovered the loss, they searched the video, and the officer recognized her," Willis said Friday morning. "She was not caught at the store."

Her charge actually is for burglary, Willis noted, since surveillance video indicated she had come prepared to take items, which haven't been disclosed.

“She had the intent to steal before she went into the building,” Willis said. “It was basically an aggravated shoplifting.”

The incident at Target was Jan. 2, according to police.

"I know they were looking for her for at least a few days," Willis said.

Jail records show that she is not currently at the Las Colinas women's facility in Santee. But her bail in the June 7 assault case had been $50,000.

Sanfilippo, 41, was taken into custody about 12:30 p.m. Thursday at her apartment in the 4600 block of Fourth Avenue, according to arrest records.

Her arraignment is set for Jan. 19, according to the District Attorney's Office. It’s likely to be at El Cajon Superior Court.

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