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April 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

See? Suspected Kennewick shoplifter strips naked

Tri-City Herald

KENNEWICK — An alleged shoplifter stripped off all her clothes Monday in an apparent attempt to prove that she hadn’t stolen anything from a store at the Columbia Center mall, authorities said.

Kennewick police were called to the JCPenney store around 6:15 p.m. after loss prevention personnel reported they had detained an uncooperative shoplifter, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.

The 31-year-old Pasco woman apparently began taking off her clothes and the loss prevention staff kept telling her to put her clothes back on, but she refused, Blatman told the Herald.

They eventually stepped out of the room where she was being held and waiting for officers to arrive.

After the woman got dressed again, her 9-year-old daughter reportedly started crying and pulled out a box of jewelry that was hidden under her shirt, he said.

The woman claimed she didn’t know anything about it, but when officers reviewed the store’s security video, they saw the mom apparently instructing her daughter to put the jewelry under her shirt, Blatman said.

The woman also had three other children, ages 4, 6 and 13, who reportedly were unsupervised and running around the mall.

She was not arrested, but officers forwarded their report to the city attorney to review for possible charges of theft, shoplifting and failure to supervise children. Officers also referred the incident to Child Protective Services, Blatman said.

 

 

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