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Shoplifting duo used 14-yr-old as lookout, police say

Published On: Oct 01 2013 06:29:57 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 01 2013 06:42:11 AM EDT

A female shoplifting duo from Lehigh County, with three youngsters in tow, used a 14-year-old boy as their lookout, officials said.

Neighbors Ashley A. Knauss and Kaitlin M. Petersen tried to steal $358.53 worth of household products they stuffed into insulated Walmart bags, a diaper bag, a book bag, a purse and a baby stroller at the Walmart at 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Township, Northampton Co., around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Petersen's 14-year-old brother-in-law told police the women were in the store to steal and that he was the lookout, officials noted.


Knauss' 1- and 7-year-old daughters were with their mom while she was shoplifting, officials added.

Knauss, 25, and Petersen, 21, both of the 5600 block of Evergreen St., Laurys Station, were each arraigned on charges of retail theft, criminal conspiracy and corruption of minors and released on $5,000 unsecured bail each, according to court documents.

Preliminary hearings for both women are set for Oct. 7.