Women accused of using children to help shoplift from south side Walmart

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INDIANAPOLIS – Two women were arrested after employees at a south side Walmart reported they stole items from the store—and used children to help.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the women tried to leave the store without paying for more than $350 worth of items including makeup, clothing, a toy and food. It happened at the Walmart store on U.S. 31 South near Southport Road.

Security workers detained the women as they tried to leave the store with a 3-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. Numerous items were in the cart and “in the children’s hands,” the report said. When IMPD arrived, the women admitted they were trying to leave the store without paying.

The children’s mother, Rita G. Perez, 28, was arrested on a theft charge. The other woman, Amie J. Gallegos, 23, was booked on the same charge.

The Department of Child Services arrived to take care of the children, who were later released to the custody of their grandmother, the report said.

Perez’s car was impounded, police said.

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