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Whitehall couple shoplifts with their kids, police say

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 18 2014 09:52:04 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 01:27:20 PM CDT
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WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

A Lehigh County couple took their kids shopping, but apparently taught them how to shoplift instead, police said.

According to police documents, 40-year-old Pedro Dejesus, and Maria Rivera, 36, were shopping at the Walmart store at 2601 MacArthur Rd. in Whitehall Twp. around 11:45 a.m. on Friday with four juveniles, ranging in age from 7 to 15.

Dejesus and Rivera each selected items from the sporting goods, jewelry, cosmetics, electronics and men's departments, and hid them in their purses and jackets, police said,, and the two teenagers also hid items without paying for them.

They then went through the self checkout area, and paid for some items, but put numerous unpaid items in their shopping bag, police said.

The group took 58 items worth more than $618, police said.

Neither Dejesus nor Rivera, both of 503 N. Tenth St., Whitehall Twp., have any prior retail theft convictions.

They were arrested on Friday and charged with retail theft, corruption of minors and related charges.

He was taken to Lehigh County Prison where he was unable to post $15,000 bail.

She was also taken to Lehigh County Prison but she posted $15,000 bail on Sunday.