COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– A grandmother has been arrested and is facing charges for allegedly getting her grandchildren to shoplift.
Police arrested Trina Chavez-Hutchins on Monday after police said she took her 10-year-old grandson and 7-year-old granddaughter to a sporting goods store at the Citadel Mall.READ MORE: Colorado School Districts In Need Of Substitute Teachers Hope Changes To Licensing Requirements Will Help
They allegedly stole about $360 worth of merchandise. Surveillance tape shows the three running from the store.
Chavez-Hutchins, 43, faces charges of theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.READ MORE: Voting Rights Leaders From Out Of State Come To Denver For Discussion About How To Protect Elections
Neighbors said they are surprised to learn of the allegations.
“I’ve known Trina for a while. She’s very nice. She’s like the neighborhood mom. She’s always sitting outside, watching everybody’s kids, very friendly,” said neighbor Adrian Neapodaca.MORE NEWS: State Senator Calls For Audit After Out-Of-State Company Gets Big Colorado Construction Projects
Chavez-Hutchins has a lengthy rap sheet from all across Colorado, including theft and fraud.