Shoplifting suspect caught with child present

JONESBORO, Ark. – The report from Jonesboro police says a woman believed to have been shoplifting was caught in the act with her daughter in tow.

JPD responded to the call late Friday night, May 5, at The Mall at Turtle Creek. The incident itself is said to have happened at Target, where loss prevention agents already had the suspected female shoplifter in custody. Officer Matthew McDaniel arrived and was told the woman was trying to contact someone to pick her daughter up but was not having any luck on this day, it would seem. 

It began shortly before the call, when Target Asset Protection observed Andrea Long, 29, of Jonesboro, take items from the infant section and conceal them in her purse, the report said. Several hundred dollars worth of items were stuffed into the purse. Then, the woman tried to walk past all points of sale. This is when security stopped her and took her back to the Asset Protection room to await arrival of JPD.

The woman was very distraught, the officer noted. Her and her daughter, whose age was not in the report, were both crying. The officer gave her an additional 20 minutes to get someone to pick the underage girl up. After 20 minutes went by, she still had not found anyone.

Faced with a difficult situation, the officer cited the woman on theft, less than $1000 (shoplifting), and issued her a court date of Monday, May 8, at 1 p.m. She was also banned from mall property for one year.

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