Mom accused of getting daughter to help steal groceries

Published: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.

A Gainesville woman has arrested for stealing items from a Publix grocery store with the aid of her daughter, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Nancy Leigh Duckworth, 55, was shopping with her teenage daughter at the Publix located in Tower Square when a loss-prevention officer watched Duckworth and her daughter placing items, including dish towels, cereal, cosmetics and a bottle of wine, in a used Publix bag, the report said.

The combined items were valued at $96, according to the report.

Duckworth then told her daughter to take the bag containing the stolen items outside the store, deputies said. Duckworth’s daughter attempted to leave the store but was stopped by the loss prevention officer before she could do so, the report said.

When a deputy arrived, Duckworth stated that she was a single mother who was experiencing financial troubles and admitted both to placing the stolen items in the bag and telling her daughter to leave the store with them.

Duckworth was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, one for larceny and one for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

She was transported to the Alachua County jail, where she was released Saturday afternoon on her own recognizance.

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