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Louisville woman accused of using children to help her shoplift

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Angela Shields (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Angela Shields (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville woman wandered around a Meijer store in south Louisville for three hours Wednesday afternoon before trying to leave with stolen merchandise she allegedly planted on two young children.

According to an arrest report, it happened around 2 p.m. at the Meijer at 9500 Preston Highway. That's where loss prevention officers in the store noticed that 36-year-old Angela M. Shields was allowing two children, believed to be around 4 years old, to wander through the store without keeping track of them. (It wasn't immediately clear if the children were related to Shields.)

Store managers told police they received several complaints from other customers about the unsupervised children and Shields.

As members of the store's staff continued to keep their eye on Shields and the children, the police report says she "placed several layers of clothing on them and ripped the tags off." The items also included a pair of shoes and jewelry.

According to the arrest report, Shields wandered around the store for approximately three hours with two carts of merchandise, before eventually leaving the carts near a checkout lane. When she allegedly tried to leave with her children wearing the stolen merchandise, store officials confronted her. 

The arrest report states that Shields was "acting strange and talking out of her head and appeared to be intoxicated on meth."

Officer say they found an empty bottle of Oxycodone in her purse.

The value of the merchandise Shields allegedly tried to steal was $87.00. She was arrested and faces an initial charge of theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting.

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