LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They were arrested for shoplifting at Walmart but three Lexington women face more than just theft charges. Police say they were using a child as a look out.
Appearing via video arraignment, Melissa Himes, Robin Jackson and Makayla Peak made their first appearance before a judge. "This is an act we don't commonly see," explains Lexington Police Spokesperson Sherelle Roberts, "people using their own children as a distraction as they shoplift."
Police say the three women shoplifted at two different Lexington locations. In all situations they used one of the women's sons to act as a distraction and be on the look out for clerks and loss prevention. "When you're involving a minor in a crime it's unfair," explains Roberts. "It's not unusual for people who are stealing things or committing crimes to use a third party but it is uncommon for them to use minors."
Police say it is more common to see teenagers used as distractions then it is minors. "We do see a lot of teenagers commit crimes so it's not as uncommon in that situation. But regardless of the age, if they are a minor, they are considered a child in the eyes of the law. That is why in this case the women are charged with unlawful taking, unlawful transaction with a minor as well as giving a false name to the police officer."
All three women are being held in the Fayette County Detention Center. We're told the total amount taken was under $500.00.