Report: Mother leaves kids in car to shoplift

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A mother left her children in the car at Walmart to allegedly shoplift on Tuesday, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report said.

An employee saw Lakesha Epps and Brittany Washington stuff items into a Rachael Ray box while they were shopping, the report said. The employee watched the suspects check out without mentioning the items put into the box.

The deputy stopped Epps and Washington in the parking lot and asked to look through their bags and see their receipt. The Walmart complainant said the suspects would be prosecuted for theft.

Meanwhile, a deputy found three children left in a running car in the Walmart parking lot, the report said. Epps, the mother, said she left the children with two adults, but deputies found they were left alone from 12:01 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

The children, ages six, four and one, were handed over to their aunt by the Division of Family and Children Services, the report said.

The women stole 3 packs of hearing aid batteries, four cordless phone batteries and two pairs of headphones worth $77.78, the report said.

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