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The incident began to unfold Monday at Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall on Monday.
“It initially started out with a complaint about a dog in a car with its windows rolled up,” Reed said. “It was a large dog and appeared to be over-heating.”
The dog was released from the car by animal control officials, but the real crime drama then began to unfold. Soon a mother and three children approached the car as mall security officials watched.
“When we watched the people come out to the car, we noticed that loss prevention was following closely behind,” Reed said.
The mother, 41-year-old Christine Brown, was walking to the car with her daughters 5, 9 and 10 years old in tow.
They had been shopping at a Sears store inside the mall when they got the attention of undercover security guards.
“She had allegedly taken numerous items and that she had actually placed some of the items on the children,” Reed said.
When police arrived on the scene, the extent of Brown’s alleged crime became apparent.
“She took about $375 worth of merchandise,” said Sacramento police Sgt. Lai Bui. “She put the clothing on the children hoping they would be able to walk out of the store with the clothing on.”
Brown remained in custody on Wednesday and her three children in protective custody.
“It is disappointing to see parents treating their children this way — putting their children in danger just for an article of clothing.” Bui said.
Reed called the alleged crime “heartbreaking.”
“It’s heartbreaking because if is not sending the right message to children,” Reed said.
Brown — who has been arrested on theft charged before — was being held on potential theft and child endangerment charges. Two Charleston police officers are set to go to trial in Putnam County on charges they shot a deer from inside their vehicle.
Patrolman Conrad M. Carpenter and Cpl. James E. White Jr. are charged with spotlighting, hunting from an automobile, shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of wildlife parts and conspiracy.
According to a criminal complaint, White and Carpenter were driving on W.Va. 34 near Liberty to visit a friend on Dec. 5 when they spotted three deer crossing the road. One of the deer appeared to be injured, the officers told Cpl. Gary Amick, a conservation officer with the state Division of Natural Resources.
According to Amick’s complaint, Carpenter told White to stop the car so he could shoot the injured animal. White allegedly shone a light on the deer so that Carpenter could hang out the window and shoot it with a .40-caliber handgun, Amick said.
“The defendant and Mr. White did not want the deer to ‘go to waste,’ so they decided to wait around in the area for a few minutes to allow the deer to die, then they would come back and pick up the deer,” Amick wrote in the complaint.
White and Carpenter apparently took the deer with them, but neighbors witnessed the shooting and reported the incident to Amick the next day.
Neighbors took down the license number of the car, which was traced to White, the report said.
The trial, which will be in Putnam County Magistrate Court, was set following a preliminary hearing last week.
Carpenter and White have been on administrative leave since the incident, said Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster.
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