Complaint: Racine mother used children to shoplift from Kohl's

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Racine woman is facing numerous charges after allegedly stealing from Kohl's with her two small children.

The Racine Police Department was called to the Kohl's Department Store on Washington Avenue around 1 p.m. on June 13 for a report of a retail theft. 

According to the criminal complaint, Loss Prevention told police that a woman and her two young boys were were walking around the store and that the woman would allegedly run her hands across clothes to see if there was a security tag. 

According to Loss Prevention, the woman picked out several items of boys clothing and took them into the women's changing room. When the woman and children left the changing room, the boys were allegedly wearing the stolen clothes under their regular clothes.

When Kohl's staff checked the changing room, they located several tags and security devices that were cut off from the clothes. There were also tags found in the cart that the woman was using.

The woman fled the scene but Loss Prevention was able to obtain the license plate.

Police were able to positively identify the woman who committed the retail theft. 

Police were then called to Kohl's on June 16 for a report of a retail theft.  The same woman in the previous theft was in the store along with the father of her children. The woman was found to be wearing a stolen gray t-shirt. Loss Prevention was also able to recover four other stolen items from her. Wire-cutting pliers sed to remove the price tags were also found on the woman.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police that her 9-year-old son stole the boys clothing without her knowledge. She later admitted to stealing the clothes due to financial difficulties. 

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