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Deputies Investigate Adults Using Children To Shoplift

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A sign on Patti's A to Z Store A sign on Patti's A to Z Store
Spartanburg County deputies are investigating a shoplifting case where it appears to investigators that adults used young children to shoplift.

According to a police report, surveillance video shows two women enter the store with two children under age ten.

During the 15 minutes inside, deputies observed that the women set aside items and the children ran outside to place them in the car. That included an x-box and a space heater.

The owner at Patti's A to Z thrift store is furious that this type of crime is going on.

"They have no role model at all when the parents are enticing them to steal stuff already," Patti McKee said.

The sheriff's office says even though it has been a while, this is not the first case where adults used children to participate in the shoplifting.

"It is sad when you stop and realize the poor message that these adults are sending to these children," Lt. Tony Ivey said.

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