Police: Woman instructs boy to steal wallet

The woman leans in close, at which point, authorities believe she was giving the child directions by whispering the plan before pointing to the backroom with her left hand, where he was to go alone.

April 14, 2011 9:01:40 PM PDT
Police are searching for a woman who apparently instructed a young boy to steal.

"I was shocked and disgusted," the store manager told Action News.

Store surveillance cameras captured a woman and a young boy around five years old entering Downtown Wigs in Wilmington Saturday afternoon.

RELATED: View RAW VIDEO of the surveillance from the store

In the video, the two make their way to the rear of the store seemingly checking out merchandise along the way.

Once there, the woman leans in close, at which point, authorities believe she was giving the child directions by whispering the plan before pointing to the backroom with her left hand, where he was to go alone.

"She pretty much stood, blocking the view to the backroom," the manager said.

While she stands guard, he slips into the employee-only backroom glancing over his shoulder several times to where the woman was standing by the door.

He walks toward the wallet, looks around and then rummages, before locating the wallet, first hiding it behind his back before showing the woman what he found.

"He was very smooth, it didn't seem like he was scared, he was very calm, the way he went about everything is as if he's done this before," the manger said.

The video continues.

The boy slips the wallet into the woman's grip before she hides it in her purse.

Police say the total value of the money was around $300, but it's not the cash that employees here are most worried about.

"I just hate to see what could possibly come of this little kid because of what this person's making him do," the manger said.

"I think it's pretty despicable that the child was used in that way and Wilmington police is seeking to arrest woman," Master Sergeant John Drysdale said.

Not only did this woman apparently bring a little boy to do her dirty work, store employees say she was brazen enough to sit down and get her eyelashes done at the store after the theft occurred.

The woman could face theft and reckless endangerment charges.

Anyone with information on the woman is asked to call Wilmington police at (302) 654-5151.