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Police: Woman used her 10-year-old child in shoplifting operation

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A Laurel County woman faces many charges after Richmond Police say she used her 10-year-old child in a shoplifting operation on Black Friday.

Police arrested 35-year-old Tammy Bray, of London, after employees at Belk in Richmond detained her around 4:30 Friday morning.

Police say Bray stole more than $1,300 worth of merchandise from the store. Police also say Bray involved her 10-year-old daughter in the shoplifting operation.

"She would have her daughter bring her items to the fitting room where she would take them out of the box and put them in her purse or a bag she had with her," said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Then Chief Brock says she had her daughter take the empty boxes and return them to the store shelves.

While searching Bray's car, Richmond Police say they found nearly $1,900 worth of merchandise that had been stolen from the Berea Walmart. They also say they found half of a Xanax pill in her purse.

Police charged Bray with theft by unlawful taking over $500, receiving stolen property over $500, unlawful transaction with a minor, and possession of a controlled substance. She's being held on a $5,000 bond in the Madison County Detention Center.

Police say they also arrested a woman they call an associate of Bray's, 37-year-old Ginger Shell. Shell was charged with public intoxication. She bonded out of jail over the weekend.

Two children were with Bray at the time of the arrest. Police say those children were released to a responsible adult, as determined by social services.

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