August 04, 2010

Crystal Whitaker Ran Like A Jackrabbit, But Left Something Valuable Behind

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West Palm Beach, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Crystal Whitaker, a 23-year-old Lake Park woman was jailed after she allegedly shoplifted items from a JCPenny store, then ran out when she was caught, leaving a child behind.

According to West Palm Beach police, Whitaker entered the dressing room at a JCPenny store and shoved $256 worth of merchandise into a bag.

When an employee tried to stop Whitaker, she and a 16-year-old accomplice ran out of the store leaving one key piece of evidence behind - a 10-month-old baby.

Investigators say the women left the baby on the sidewalk as they fled across the parking lot and out of sight. Whitaker also dropped her purse and bag, leaving behind her identification and all of the stolen merchandise.

Whitaker and the 16-year-old were eventually caught and taken back to the store for questioning. The accomplice claimed that she did not steal anything, and that she was simply at the store with Whitaker.

The Florida Department of Children and Families came to the store and picked up the baby.

Whitaker was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with child abuse without great harm, child neglect without causing great harm, contributing to the delinquency of a dependent and theft. She was released on her own recognizance while being supervised.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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