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Charges: Grandma Shoplifter Learned From TV Show ‘Cops’
minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | 5-30-12

Posted on 05/31/2012 3:21:25 PM PDT by rawhide

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Taking tips from the show “Cops,” an Anoka woman allegedly stole groceries and other items from a Kmart so that she could bake with her grandson, according to a complaint filed in Anoka County.

Police said Carla Jean Jellison, 50, of Anoka, has been charged with one count of theft and one count of possession of shoplifting gear, as she was caught with her purse being lined aluminum tin foil on or about Jan. 19, 2012, in an effort to defeat the Anoka Kmart’s security sensors.

According to the complaint, Kmart’s Loss Prevention Officer Brian Lundstrom witnessed Jellison put butter and chocolate chips in her purse while shopping.

When Jellison reached the checkout, she paid for a bottle of water and nothing else, police said, and after exiting the first set of doors, Lundstrom stopped Jellison.

Lundstrom then found two additional items inside Jellison’s purse – two Sonicare toothbrush heads, items she said she stole with plans to sell to a neighbor.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cops; shoplift

1 posted on 05/31/2012 3:21:40 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

The Baraqqi Depression grinds on.

Grandma forced to steal ingredients for baking.

She probably traded this month’s EBT deposit for booze and cigs.


2 posted on 05/31/2012 3:27:03 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: rawhide

If this is based on Cops, where’s the guy in the mullet?


3 posted on 05/31/2012 3:27:15 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: rawhide

The problem with learning crimes from Cops is they only show people that get caught.


4 posted on 05/31/2012 3:28:30 PM PDT by discostu (Listen, do you smell something?)
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To: rawhide

Call your congressman, tell them to ban this show.

/Sarcasm


5 posted on 05/31/2012 3:34:10 PM PDT by SteelToe
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To: rawhide

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit; crime does not pay.

6 posted on 05/31/2012 3:39:51 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: rawhide

“as she was caught with her purse being lined aluminum tin foil”

That was rather awkward.


7 posted on 05/31/2012 3:44:35 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Darren McCarty

I would have thought they would have suspected her because she didn’t wear a shirt. On Cops, the guy without a shirt always goes to jail. Seems it should apply to females also...


8 posted on 05/31/2012 3:52:54 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: rawhide

What do you bake with...two Sonicare toothbrush heads?


9 posted on 05/31/2012 3:56:02 PM PDT by Osage Orange (God is my Co-Pilot.)
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To: rawhide
Anoka woman allegedly stole groceries and other items from a Kmart so that she could bake with her grandson

Lets see...

granny: 'I'll teach you how to bake cookies. First we go to KMart for food.'

Grandson: 'Okay...now what?'

Granny: 'When we get in KMart...you take the butter and hide it in your coat... try not to get caught. Remember we watched 'Cops' to see how NOT to get Caught...Oops.. we got caught...

10 posted on 05/31/2012 4:16:02 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: rawhide

Teaching the child to shop-lift.

Not cool, lady. I hope you get sent away so that junior learns the lesson REAL good.


11 posted on 05/31/2012 4:40:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nascarnation

She shoulda got a government job. She could of retired this year, with at $5,000 a month for life...And top shelf benefits!

Now she’ll do time for stolen butter, chocolate chips and and toothbrushes...


12 posted on 05/31/2012 4:52:33 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: rawhide
What is really sad is this lady takes the time to line her purse in tin foil, then lets the LP guy see her putting the cookie fixins in her purse...

Pitiful...

13 posted on 05/31/2012 5:06:31 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
What is really sad is this lady takes the time to line her purse in tin foil, then lets the LP guy see her putting the cookie fixins in her purse.

One can read books and watch movies and do all the technical preparations, but a successful theft requires skills - and those you cannot learn from a book. Avoiding being viewed is one such skill; lying when asked about the toothbrushes is another. (There is no easy way for the store to prove, aside from watching, that this particular package was not bought elsewhere.)

That's why when a smart person commits a crime he often makes a mistake that is too trivial for him to even consider. (See Columbo, for example, or plenty of real life stories.) All those smart criminals are still green novices doing their first crime, but people who oppose them are doing the job for years and they know what to look for.

14 posted on 05/31/2012 5:43:00 PM PDT by Greysard
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