Woman Robbed Colorado Liquor Store With Help From 6-Year-Old Child, Police Say

October 17, 2019 Updated: October 17, 2019

Police in Denver are searching for an unknown woman who robbed a liquor store with the help of a young child.

According to a Twitter post by Denver Police Department, the incident took place at an East Alameda Avenue liquor store on Oct. 9 at around 2:10 p.m.

Authorities released a photo of the woman caught on surveillance cameras as she appeared to speak on her phone and made her way through the store.

They said the woman “entered the liquor store and rummaged through the shelves and under the cash registers,” before taking off with a large sum of money.

The unidentified female had two small children with her, one male and one female, which police say were approximately 6 years old.

Police said the 6-year-old boy helped to assist the woman in the search for cash behind the counter.

The manager of the liquor store told Fox31 that the woman had made off with several thousand dollars, however, the exact amount she left with has not yet been confirmed.

“It’s not an excuse to use your kids to do such a thing,” they said.

According to the publication, the woman had also walked into a convenience store in the same strip mall before heading to the liquor store.

While at the convenience store, she used the children as a distraction while she stole items such as lotion and body wash, the report says.

Denver Police have urged members of the public to call Crime Stoppers on 720-913-7867 if they see the woman or know where she might be.

Woman Uses 4 Children to Help Shoplift From Target

In a similar incident, a Walton County woman used her four children to help her shoplift from a department store.

Athens-Clarke County Police said that 34-year-old Feleshia Chamain Smith had made three separate trips to Target in January this year, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

She entered the store with her three children aged 11 and 12 and two other juveniles before pointing out merchandise for them to steal.

Smith then left the store and returned to her vehicle while her children stole the items before bringing them out to her.

According to the publication, Police said the children had been prevented from stealing by an employee twice before.

However, on Jan. 18 the juveniles managed to leave the store with almost $1,200 worth of stolen merchandise.

Police were able to identify Smith with the assistance of members of the public after sharing a surveillance camera image of her on the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Facebook page.

They later thanked the public for their help in identifying Smith, who they state is from Monroe, Georgia.

“Detectives have interviewed Smith and will be seeking multiple felony shoplifting warrants. Smith is currently in the Walton County Jail on similar charges,” they wrote in a Facebook post.

In February, Online Athens reported that Athens-Clarke Police had charged Smith with three counts of felony theft by shoplifting and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.