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Shoplifter leaves children in Walmart, DeLand police report
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 29, 2014 - 3:32:31pm
A woman whom a DeLand Walmart Supercenter loss-prevention officer said was shoplifting items from the women's department left two young girls inside the store after being approached by the loss-prevention officer July 27, DeLand police reported.
The woman, 26-year-old Rebecca Stoltz of Lake Helen, exited the store through the garden department without paying for items valued at $44, according to the report. She had first concealed the items in plastic bags, the security officer told police.
When the loss-prevention officer approached Stoltz and asked her to come to the store office with him, Stoltz refused, but gave the items to him. She then left in a silver Nissan, whose tag number the loss-prevention officer was able to get, the report states.
Responding DeLand police officers found two girls, ages 6 and 9, in the store.
"By S. [suspect] Stoltz not informing loss prevention that her two children were still in the store and leaving the scene without them put the children at great risk," the police report states.
Police were unable to locate Stoltz at the address on her driver's license. A woman who said she was a friend of Stoltz's approached an officer and asked about the girls. The woman said that Stoltz told her the girls were at Walmart and needed to be picked up. The woman gave the officer Stoltz's phone number.
When the officer called Stoltz, Stoltz refused to say where she was. She gave police her brother's phone number, and he was asked to pick up the girls. Before the brother could do so, Stoltz arrived at the Walmart.
"When S. Stoltz was escorted back to the loss-prevention office and reunited with the children they were clearly distressed and very emotional and both were crying," the police report states.
Police placed Stoltz under arrest. She was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail, charged with petit theft as well as two felonies: neglect of a child and child abuse without great harm. Police sent a copy of the arrest report to the Department of Children and Families.
Stoltz later posted bond and was released from custody.
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