LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4)- A Longmont couple is accused of stealing from several Walmart stores across Northern Colorado. Police said they even got their children involved in the crimes.
Ricky Woodall and Christina Rogers-Woodall have been arrested on suspicion of felony theft, theft by receiving, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing false information to a pawnbroker and possession of burglary tools.
They are accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars of merchandise from Walmart stores in Longmont, Loveland and Lafayette by using what’s called the “push out” method.
Investigators said the couple would hide items in shopping carts and sometimes used their three children, ages 9, 12 and 17, to help with the thefts. Sometimes they would hide merchandise in bags and then leave the store as if they already paid for it.
Police stopped the couple’s SUV on Dec. 21 and found $1,295 worth of stolen Walmart merchandise inside.
Police placed the couple under surveillance and watched as they visited several Walmart stores.
In one case, police followed the couple from a Walmart directly to a video game store, where the store’s loss prevention employee confirmed he bought multiple Wii controllers from the pair.
Police recovered dozens of video games, DVDs, toys and household goods from their home.
Police said a stolen Razor scooter had been given to one of the couple’s children for Christmas, and the child told an officer as it was confiscated that Santa had given it to him.