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Mom left 3 kids in car at Augusta store to shoplift, police say

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A woman arrested on shoplifting charges at Wal-Mart on Tuesday also is accused of leaving her three small children unattended in a car while she was inside the store.

Lakeesha Noreen Epps, 23, is accused of leaving her young children alone in a Wal-Mart parking lot and shoplifting at the store.  SPECIAL
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Lakeesha Noreen Epps, 23, is accused of leaving her young children alone in a Wal-Mart parking lot and shoplifting at the store.

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A special-duty deputy at the Wrightsboro Road store was notified by employees about noon that Lakeesha Noreen Epps, 23, and Brittany Nicole Washington, 26, were putting items into other store merchandise, according to an incident report. At the self-checkout lane, they paid for only a few of the items before trying to leave the store.

The deputy found nearly $80 in unpaid merchandise, including hearing aid batteries, phone batteries and headphones, hidden inside a box.

Meanwhile, a shopper was notifying the management that three boys, ages 6, 4 and 1, were unattended in a running vehicle in the parking lot.

Epps, who is the boys’ mother, told police she left the children with two adult friends while she went inside to shop. An investigation revealed the children had been unattended for at least an hour, 45 minutes.

The children were turned over to a relative.

Epps and Washington were charged with theft by shoplifting. Epps was also charged with three counts of deprivation of a minor.

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myfather15
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myfather15 07/09/14 - 12:23 pm
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Incidents like this are

Incidents like this are becoming so common; there really isn't much to say or comment about, besides to say, Oooh well!! As a society, we're beginning to expect this type behavior!! Amazing!!

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/14 - 12:28 pm
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myfather, it's been common in

myfather, it's been common in big cities for years. Now everybody knows about it because of the Internet.

Those two are pros, they WILL be arrested again. And again.

Do the math, look at when Epps had her oldest child.

But you have to admire her *snort*, she doesn't want to shoplift in front of her kids. Because I've seen that, too.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/14 - 12:33 pm
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Lakeesha got arrested Feb

Lakeesha got arrested Feb 2014 in NA for- guess what?- shoplifting.

You'd think by now she would realize that she stinks at it. Maybe now they'll pop her with a felony.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 07/09/14 - 12:40 pm
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Corgi, maybe someone could bail her out.
Unpublished

You know like that absurdly rich Romney fellow you like to rant about.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 07/09/14 - 12:40 pm
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One word:

Pathetic.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 07/09/14 - 12:54 pm
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It Stinks

Single mommies, popping out babies. Probably getting assistance from us taxpayers. Probably not working, too busy making babies with sperm donors. And what really stinks, is that this is the life those poor children have been brought into, through no fault of their own. Wonder who the "relative" is ??

unapologetik
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unapologetik 07/09/14 - 01:04 pm
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Shoplifting is one of the

Shoplifting is one of the most ignorant crimes you can commit these days. It's one crime where you're almost guaranteed to be witnessed or caught on camera! Then you're in the store for at least and hour and forty five minutes? Plenty of time to appear suspicious!. I'm not even going to mention the child neglect.

to tell the truth1
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to tell the truth1 07/09/14 - 01:27 pm
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Epps, Mother of the 3 children

Corgi, you forgot to mention this one. Taken from the chronicle
Lakeisha Noreen Epps, 16, of the 2500 block of West Kensington Drive, a felony count of theft by shoplifting; 12 months' probation and ordered to pay a $101.25 shoplifting fine and a $100 supervision fee, participate in the Female Mentoring Program, stay off the property of Wal-Mart and participate in the Intensive Supervision Program.
This woman needs a MENTAL EVALUATION!! She was ORDERED 6 years ago to stay off Wal Mart's property!!! You know what? When she goes back to court this time, she'll get some petty sentence and back out there again. This woman is a career shoplifting criminal already at the age of 23... OMG!!!!!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/09/14 - 01:50 pm
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I wager she does some time

I wager she does some time since she has been convicted before.

JENNPAT
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JENNPAT 07/09/14 - 02:30 pm
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Mom's

what's wrong with Mom's now day's take you children in the store with you when you shop. you can not depend on some people to look after you child.some people can't even take care of them self's much least a child but this Mom said she had left her children with two adult's where were they? it is a sin when you steal anything but why steal batteries that a little to much hope ever who has these children now willtake good care of them my prayers are with the them

triscuit
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triscuit 07/09/14 - 02:32 pm
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but she left them in a

but she left them in a "running" vehicle...hopefully with air conditioning.
So she's just a sorta scumbag mom....

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/09/14 - 02:49 pm
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JENNPAT
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She didn't go into the store to shop she went in to steal. Thankfully she didn't take them in with her so they could learn to be career thief's like their mother. This women earns her spending money stealing stuff she probably sells for cash. We're as taxpayers are probably paying all the rest of her bills. She looks at stealing as an occupation. She gets away with it over and over because of the pathetic judges hearing her many cases and letting her off with a pat on the wrist. Notice I didn't say a slap on her wrist because most of Richmond counties judges would think a slap would be too harsh.

richmachiatto
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richmachiatto 07/09/14 - 03:01 pm
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"but I ain't did nothin!"
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I always love it when they get extra felony charges put on them when they get busted stealing from the walmart...

myfather15
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myfather15 07/09/14 - 03:36 pm
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Corgi

I was referring more to the part of leaving the children in the car, not the shoplifting; but you're right, both have been going on for a long time.

"You'd think by now she would realize that she stinks at it"

Yeah, you would think that. But, the problem is just like with DUI's, for every time they're caught, they've probably got away with it numerous times!!

carolouk
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carolouk 07/09/14 - 03:38 pm
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Poor woman just can not win

If she had dragged the kids in the store, they would have slowed her down when she needed to run and they might have gotten hurt. She did not want to be like that other mom whose kid got severely injured when she was running from the cops a couple years ago. The one who scooped up her injured child in the parking lot, threw him in the back seat while the loss prevention officer tried to get her to stay until an ambulance could come. If that had happened, you would have called her a bad mother then too. She just can not win!

cush1944
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cush1944 07/09/14 - 03:47 pm
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"Those two are pros, they

"Those two are pros, they WILL be arrested again. And again."
corigmom, I agree they are the results of over 40 years of the Great Society, democrat/liberal policies and the leadership of black leaders.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/09/14 - 05:18 pm
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cush black leaders are to

cush black leaders are to blame? You have a lot of learning to do.You don't know what you are talking about. It does not matter what color a person's skin is.

Pops
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Pops 07/09/14 - 05:42 pm
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I talked to a WalMart

manager the other morning at IHOP.....he told me that on Wrightsboro there was as much stuff going out the door stolen as there was being paid for......go figure.....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/09/14 - 05:43 pm
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"Female Mentoring

"Female Mentoring Program"

What a joke. All of these "mentoring" and "counseling" programs are a joke.....especially the new ones for the "juvenile" offenders.

PROBATION is a JOKE.

Put these scumbags in jail for a long time. First time, every time. As you sentence them, divert ALL of their welfare assistance money to a prison building, staffing, and maintenance fund.

amarie525
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amarie525 07/09/14 - 06:11 pm
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deans bridge

Apparently the shoplifters have abandoned the Walmart on deans bridge for this new one. I imagine they will be closing the deans bridge location soon.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/09/14 - 06:35 pm
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Two crimes...

...for the price of one!
Priceless losers; jail time needed here.

jmo
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jmo 07/09/14 - 06:59 pm
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I nominate Lakeesha....

for "Mother of the Year".

SimpleGirl
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SimpleGirl 07/09/14 - 07:00 pm
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Like I always say

If the laws aren't changed to really punish people like this, it will continue. She got off before from shoplifting, and will probably get off again. It's not right, children need to be protected from people like her. Put her prison for life I say!!! Our punishment laws are way too lenient!

KSL
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KSL 07/09/14 - 07:07 pm
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Aren't you sick of bad people

Aren't you sick of bad people ruining things for good people,

mosovich
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mosovich 07/09/14 - 10:21 pm
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Serious punishment...

How about some serious punishment for a change?? Cut off a finger if they get caught shop lifting with no pain medicine.. That's cheaper than putting them in jail.. Bring back hard labor, that will definately help.. Criminals have it to easy these days!!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/10/14 - 05:23 am
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mosovich

Again, the system wouldn't work like that. Today, if you cut her finger off, she would file for disability! AND, she would get it!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/10/14 - 06:40 am
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Smiling??

Have you noticed how many are smiling in their mug pics...really.....what gives?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/10/14 - 07:50 am
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SIB4 - Smiling Pic's

It will be their new Match.com picture.
For her job she'll list: Aftermarket Retail Sales.

Or

Wal Mart Redistribution Professional

corgimom
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corgimom 07/10/14 - 07:55 am
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No, cush1944, she steals

No, cush1944, she steals because she is a common criminal. And there were plenty of criminals, both black and white, before the Great Society, your idea that everything was perfect before that is not true.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/10/14 - 08:32 am
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Wal Mart Redistribution Professional

hahahah that was funnie!

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