Shoplifting Incident Shocks Store Security

Published Apr 19, 2012 at 07:09 PM | 3,010 views

Innocent until proven guilty, right? Well not for a 31 year old lady from Pasco, Washington. In order to prove she was innocent of shoplifting, she took matters into her own hands and surprised everyone by removing all of her clothing to prove she didn't have any merchandise hidden on her body. She did this without being prompted and against the objections of the security officers.

This incident happened in the JC Penny store in Kennewick, Washington at the Columbia Center mall. The woman was with her four children, ages, 4, 6, 9, and 13 when store surveillance cameras saw the woman and her children involved in something that looked suspicious. That is when she was approached by loss prevention officers and became very irate.

After being moved into a private office, the clothing began flying. After all the clothing had been shed, the security officers continually asked her to get dressed. However, when she refused they had no other choice but to call the local authorities. The male prevention officers left the room at this time, as they awaited the arrival of the police.

That's when the woman's nine year old daughter pulled out a stolen box of jewelry from underneath her shirt. According to Mike Blatman, Crime Prevention Specialist, "Her nine year old daughter was distraught and she was crying during this incident. As a result of that, she (the daughter) did reveal that she did have the merchandise with her and give it to the loss prevention folks." The mother claimed she didn't know anything about it.

However, when store security video was reviewed, they saw the mom coaching the child on how to put the jewelry under her shirt. Video footage also revealed that at one point the other children were unsupervised and running around the store.

Surprisingly, the woman was not arrested and no charges were filed against her. However, the police have forwarded the incident report to the city attorney. It will be reviewed for possible charges of failure to supervise children, shoplifting, and theft. The police also sent the report and referred the incident to Child Protective Services.

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