Charges: Grandma Shoplifter Learned From TV Show ‘Cops’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Taking tips from the show “Cops,” an Anoka woman allegedly stole groceries and other items from a Kmart so that she could bake with her grandson, according to a complaint filed in Anoka County.

Police said Carla Jellison, 50, of Anoka, has been charged with one count of theft and one count of possession of shoplifting gear, as she was caught with her purse being lined aluminum tin foil on or about Jan. 19, 2012, in an effort to defeat the Anoka Kmart’s security sensors.

According to the complaint, Kmart’s Loss Prevention Officer Brian Lundstrom witnessed Jellison put butter and chocolate chips in her purse while shopping.

When Jellison reached the checkout, she paid for a bottle of water and nothing else, police said, and after exiting the first set of doors, Lundstrom stopped Jellison.

Lundstrom then found two additional items inside Jellison’s purse – two Sonicare toothbrush heads, items she said she stole with plans to sell to a neighbor.

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