Police arrest mom, say she used child to shoplift
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A mother accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to shoplift groceries in Northern California and then abandoning the child when store employees intervened has been arrested in Nevada, according to police.
Marcy Keelin, 38, was taken into custody Friday night at a motel near Fernley, Nev., about 300 miles away from the Morgan Hill, Calif., store where police say she left her daughter more than a week ago, Morgan Hill police Sgt. Troy Hoefling said.
Keelin was taken into custody after a sheriff’s deputy spotted her SUV near the small Nevada town along Interstate 80, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Police have been looking for Keelin since Sept. 19, when authorities say she had her daughter push a shopping cart with about $150 worth of groceries out of a Safeway store. When the daughter was stopped by employees, Keelin drove off, police say.
Police have said the woman and her daughter had been caught on surveillance video stealing from the same store about two weeks earlier.
At the time of her arrest, Keelin was with her 11-month-old son and a man who was not arrested. Authorities have not disclosed the man’s identity or his relationship to Keelin.
The infant has been placed with child protective services workers in Nevada. The 10-year-old was placed in protective custody after encountering authorities in California.
Keelin, a Wyoming resident visiting California for the summer, remained in jail Saturday afternoon awaiting an extradition hearing, which is expected Monday, Hoefling said.