PD: Son helped shoplifting mom select items to steal from Wal-Mart

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Joann Denice Thomas By Jennifer Thomas Joann Denice Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Phoenix police arrested a shoplifting suspect who allegedly had her 11-year-old son help her select items to steal from a Wal-Mart store.

Joann Denice Thomas, 35, of Phoenix, faces a felony count of shoplifting and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was released on her own recognizance.

Police said Thomas, her son and her friend entered the store near Southern and 35th avenues Monday afternoon and began choosing items then placing them into a baby carrier in their cart, concealing them.

They then reportedly walked out of the store without paying for the items, which totaled more than $300.

Loss-prevention officers attempted to detain them at the door, but they ran. Thomas and her son got into an SUV and attempted to flee the parking lot. Thomas parked the vehicle away from the store and attempted to run when the officers arrived.

She was detained and positively identified.

Police said Thomas has been arrested for shoplifting in the past.

Thomas' son "participated in selecting items to steal," police said in the probable cause statement.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27.