Friday, July 17, 2009

Denver Grandmother Arrested for Using 7-year-old Shoplift

A Denver grandmother has been arrested and faces a possible charge of child abuse for using a 7-year-old to help her shoplift, police said.

The incident happened Wednesday night at the JC Penney store in the Northfield Stapleton shopping center.

The 60-year-old woman is accused of attempting to steal about $1,200 worth of goods, including a coat she put on the little girl, said Sonny Jackson, a Denver Police Department spokesman.

She strolled out of the store with a cart full of goods she didn't pay for and was stopped in a parking lot by store security, according to a police report.

Police declined to identify the woman, who faces possible charges of felony theft and child abuse, because they sought to protect the child, a victim in the crime as well, Jackson said.

The child-abuse charge stems from using a child in the commission of a crime, he said.

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