Police: Mother tells kids to shoplift new shoes

by Wes Mayer

A mother suspected of attempting to shoplift using her children was arrested Saturday after loss prevention authorities observed the theft.

Around 3:30 p.m., authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to Academy Sports and Outdoors in Newnan Pavilion on Bullsboro Drive to check on a shoplifting incident, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. A woman, Katrice Wright, 34, apparently wanted to get her kids back-to-school shoes, Yarbrough said, so she told her three kids, all under age 10, to go in, try on the new shoes, put their old shoes back in the box, and walk out of the store.

Loss prevention officers noticed what was going on, the kids were stopped, and Wright was taken into custody, Yarbrough said. She was then charged with theft by shoplifting and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

When authorities spoke with Wright, however, she told them her name was Jessica Parker.

At the jail, no records were found of Jessica Parker, and authorities discovered her real name to be Wright, so she was additionally charged with giving a false name.

The children are not facing any charges, Yarbrough said.

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