Police: Meriden woman used small child to shoplift from Ocean State Job Lot

Police: Meriden woman used small child to shoplift from Ocean State Job Lot

Record-Journal


MERIDEN — A city woman faces charges after police say she used a small child while shoplifting.

Jessica Jones, 33, of 64 Yale Ave., Apt. 4, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant and charged with risk of injury to a minor and sixth-degree larceny.

On Feb. 10, police responded to Ocean State Job Lot, 1231 E. Main St., for a report of shoplifting. Staff reported two women were seen concealing items and placing a small child on top of the items, according to a police report. When Jones went to leave the store with the concealed items, a store security employee confronted her. Jones place the child between herself and the employee, took a bag from the carriage, got into a Nissan Altima with the child, and drove off, the report said. Jones left behind several bags of stolen merchandise, including candles, bedding, ski gloves and face masks, with a total value of about $111, the report said.

Police responded to Jones’ home and noticed the Nissan was parked outside and the hood of the car was still warm, the report said. Police contacted the Department of Children and Families about the incident.

Jones was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday and was released on a promise to appear in court on Aug. 17.


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