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Shoplifter Leaves Behind Precious Merchandise: Her Baby
NBC Miami ^ | Mon, Aug 2, 2010 | TODD WRIGHT

Posted on 08/02/2010 8:33:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Women tried to steal $256 worth of clothes from JCPenney

Two women's well planned scheme to steal clothes from a JCPenney was almost executed flawlessly, except for one minor detail.

They forgot the 10-month-old infant they brought along for the caper.

Because of the oversight, Crystal Whitaker, 23, and her 16-year old accomplice were arrested over the weekend. Whitaker was slapped with a slew of charges, including child neglect, child abuse and theft for the crime, which took place Friday at a JCPenney in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The two women brought the baby along as they tried on clothes in the junior's fitting room. Whitaker then allegedly stuffed about $256 worth of clothing into a JCPenney bag and walked out of the dressing room with the teen.

It's unclear where the child was, but when store officials tried to stop Whitaker, she dropped the bags and hightailed it out of the store, leaving the infant behind.

Employees grabbed the stolen merchandise and the baby. The 16-year-old eventually returned for the kid and gave Whitaker up.

TOPICS: Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: babies; crime; strollers

1 posted on 08/02/2010 8:33:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Should have added the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, lol.

2 posted on 08/02/2010 8:47:57 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll wager a $25 FR donation that she only loses the baby for a minimal amount of time - say a month or so. Then the judge will say it’s in the best interest for the baby to be with it’s mother.

3 posted on 08/02/2010 9:25:27 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Get involved! The world is run by people that show up.)
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To: Psalm 144

Chystal - Honey chile, yo gotz ta stand up fo yo mug shotz!

4 posted on 08/02/2010 9:26:08 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Veggie Todd

I see you just assume the baby wasn’t the brains of the operations.

5 posted on 08/02/2010 9:31:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Veggie Todd

6 posted on 08/02/2010 9:56:54 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

The article is illustrated with a picture of a person in winter clothes, including a coat and gloves, pushing a stroller that probably cost $400 down a street that doesn’t look like Miami to me.


7 posted on 08/03/2010 8:49:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Steampunk Baby and the Quest for Bill's iPod - now on DVD!)
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To: Tax-chick

It could be a file photo, or they were wearing the jackets to conceal stuff.

8 posted on 08/03/2010 12:01:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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