Police: Moms take kids on Lego shoplifting spree at Boardman, Cortland, Austintown, Walmarts
Two sisters from Akron were arrested on Monday after police say they were caught with hundreds of dollars worth of Lego toys allegedly shoplifted from Walmart stores in Boardman and Cortland while their children were with them.
Twenty-five-year-old Julia Serrano and her 27-year-old sister Vanessa Serrona were scheduled to appear in Boardman Court on Tuesday to answer charges of theft and child endangering.
The two were arrested Monday evening at the Boardman Walmart after store security reported that a store surveillance camera recorded the two women, accompanied by their two small children, removed an entire shelf of Legos and placed them in a trash can they carried from the household department.
According to the police report, the women then took a large box of Legos from a display and emptied it into their shopping cart, which they covered with their jackets and went to the restroom.
Police say the women poured the Legos into handbags they had brought into the store, then bought two candy bars and a balloon at the self-checkout.
The two were stopped by store security, who called police.
Inside the suspect's car, officers say they found two bags of new Legos as well as about 100 packages of Legos on the floor of the car.
Investigators say the women admitted that they stole the Legos from Walmart stores in Austintown and Cortland before coming to the Boardman store.
A search of the car's trunk turned up two more large bags containing Legos and several boxes of specialty golf balls.
Store officials say the Legos from the Boardman store is worth nearly $1,200. They estimate the goods allegedly taken from the other Walmarts are valued somewhere between $1,200 and $1,400.
Police say the children have been placed with relatives.