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Police: Shoplifting NJ mom, son lied about missing child

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Mom, son arrested for shoplifting. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News at 5 a.m. on September 28, 2017.

A shoplifting scheme by a South Jersey mother and her son ended with the pair in handcuffs.

Police arrested 58-year-old Donna Hall and 30-year-old Nicholas Hall at a Walmart in Egg Harbor Township early Tuesday morning.


Employees say Donna Hall claimed she couldn't find her granddaughter. But officers quickly determined the missing child did not exist.

They say she made up the story to distract employees so her son could shoplift.

Police say Nicholas Hall was caught on video, as employees looked for the missing child, filling Walmart bags with clothing and candy at the front of the store.

Donna Hall was charged with Creating False Public Alarm and Shoplifting.

Nicholas Hall was charged with Shoplifting, Hindering Apprehension, Possession of Heroin, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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