Woman arrested teaching kids to shoplift

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:06 a.m.

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. Lee County authorities say a 24-year-old Lehigh Acres woman taught children how shoplift then abandoned them when the group was stopped.

Latoya Bradley was jailed on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child cruelty and larceny petit theft.

An investigator said Bradley walked into a Lehigh Acres store with four children and showed a 12-year-old how to hide clothes underneath the other youngsters. Bradley fled the scene when the investigator confronted the children. She was later arrested.

A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman said her agency will also investigate.

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