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Laura Pope gives herself up after phone call from son

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 30 2013 09:00:07 PM CDT

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

A woman who ran away from a department store with stolen baby items and other merchandise stuffed in her purse gave herself up after a phone call from her son, officials said.

Laura A. Pope was taken into custody at a donut shop after her son, William Fritts, called her and told her to wait there for police with the $159.33 in merchandise she stole at about 4:10 p.m. Monday from the Walmart at 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Township, Northampton County.

Fritts was driving the green Jeep Wrangler that Pope was seen riding off in after pushing her way past store security with the stolen merchandise, which included Gerber baby formula, baby bottles, Advil and two military-style knives, officials said.

Fritts' son was in the back seat when he was stopped by police, but his mother no longer was in his car.

Pope, 48, of 2859 Linden St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on a retail theft charge and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $1,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 9.