A mother, her sister and her juvenile daughter are among five people arrested for stealing $1,700 in merchandise from several Target stores.
A Target loss prevention officer says the group may have taken items from at least 15 other Target stores and when they walked in Saturday night, employees had already been given pictures of the three adult suspects in the group.
Well… Christmas is just right around the corner… *sigh*
Details…About 6 p.m. Saturday evening, a group of 5 people were spotted by Target security attempting to get a five-finger discount on CDs, DVDs, clothing and more.
Authorities say a third adult, Lolita L. Lumpkin, 41, (Jessica?s sister) was waiting outside in the get away car, a late-model Chevrolet Suburban.
?This family/crew is known to Target loss prevention around the metro area,? police said. They allegedly have hit 15 Target stores ? and the store in Alpharetta twice.
?The adults would come in and meet with the juveniles and then go back out, and (security) saw the juveniles put some things under their clothing,? Officer J.J. Howard told Channel 2.
The two girls were found to be Lolita Lumpkin?s 16-year-old daughter and a juvenile friend whose age police did not report.
One of the youths was carrying a Taser-like weapon disguised as a cell phone and when stopped, they told officers their mother and her boyfriend were outside waiting for them.
The mother, aunt and male friend, all Atlanta residents, were charged with theft by shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The young girls were turned over to Atlanta police and cited in juvenile complaint forms with theft by shoplifting.
They were subsequently released back to their mother, Lolita Lumpkin, who had been charged and released as the only guardian of the two youths.