DECATUR — Macon County sheriff's deputies said a Decatur woman who used a 15-year-old girl to help her shoplift more than $900 worth of clothes — and fled when the girl was caught — is now facing multiple charges.

The 31-year-old woman was arrested and jailed on preliminary charges of retail theft and contributing to the the criminal delinquency of a minor. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the 15-year-old was stopped by Von Maur store security on Dec. 19 after she walked out of the Hickory Point Mall store with a plastic bag stuffed with clothing valued at $983.

The affidavit said video security showed the woman, accompanied by the teenager and two girls, each about 6 years old, walking through the store. The woman is seen removing items from hangers and carefully folding them, police said.

“(She) places the folded clothes on the floor and appears to talk to (the teenage girl)," the affidavit said. “She is seen pointing towards the mall entrance and then walks out of Von Maur with the two small female children.”

The teenager is next seen on the video packing the folded clothes into the plastic bag and placing one of the 6-year-old girl’s pink coats over the bag before walking out, the affidavit said.

“Von Maur loss prevention stops the juvenile outside of the mall near (the woman’s) vehicle. Von Maur loss prevention asks the juvenile to return to the store. The woman leaves the scene without the juvenile female,” the affidavit said.

The woman is free after posting $3,000 bond. She is due to be arraigned Jan. 26.


Staff Writer

Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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