TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - A shoplifting team gets busted in Troy and when the security caught an 11-year-old involved the mom who got away refused to pick her up from police.
Troy police said this was a shoplifting scheme of four people including the mom, the 11-year-old girl, a young boy, and a 61-year-old woman. They ripped off clothing from the Old Navy store on Coolidge Saturday shortly before closing.
Police said all four entered the store and then split ways to grab different items and stuff them in purses and then left the store two at a time without paying. The mom and young boy got away, but security caught the 61-year-old and the girl. The older woman had baby clothes, jewelry, and women's shirts concealed in her purse. Police arrested her for Retail Fraud III. The 11-year-old had $123.95 dollars in stolen merchandise in a purse and told officers that her mother gave her the purse and instructed her to steal the items and then meet her outside by the car. Police found mom's contact information in the purse because it was her purse.
Even though security grabbed the girl, mom did not go back for her and when police called her at home she denied being at Old Navy and refused to pick up her daughter. The 49-year-old Detroit woman eventually admitted she lied to police because she was afraid, but she would not turn herself in. She is wanted for retail fraud, child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
An aunt picked up the 11-year-old up later that same night.