Police: Moms take kids on shoplifting spree

September 15, 2009 by  
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL — Two women accused of bringing their infant children along with them on a shoplifting outing at a Walmart SuperCenter each faces a felony child abuse charge, according to recently released arrest affidavits.

Chelian Monique Sinclair, 19, and 25-year-old Kimberly Elizabeth Buchanan on Saturday went into the Walmart SuperCenter in the 1600 block of Northwest St. Lucie West Boulevard, investigators said.

The affidavits gave this account:

A loss prevention manager spotted them concealing items in a diaper bag and a tote bag under their shopping cart. Next, they chose some other goods and went to a check out counter, making no attempt to purchase the hidden items.

“Kimberly and Chelian had their two infant children with them while they were shoplifting in Walmart,” an affidavit states.

The items were valued at $195.34.

Police arrested Sinclair, listed as an unemployed Port St. Lucie resident, and Buchanan, of Fort Pierce, each on a felony child abuse charge and a misdemeanor retail theft charge.

The affidavits did not specify what happened to the infant children following the arrests.