Local mother and daughters caught on video stealing merchandise

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A local woman is facing numerous charges after she allegedly coerced her two daughters to shoplift from Walmart.

Hallie Thomas, 36, of Logan, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of petty theft, contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, and child endangering.

According to the Logan Police report, Thomas and her two daughters were observed on March 5 concealing merchandise in a clothes hamper and attempted to leave the store when police officers stopped her.

Thomas and her daughters were first witnessed on video surveillance on Feb. 17 allegedly shoplifting merchandise. The video reveals that Thomas’ daughters entered Walmart with their mother wearing dark-colored coats, and allegedly left wearing pink coats and had allegedly concealed several items under the coats.

She denied knowing her daughters had stolen the merchandise, but was confronted by Logan Police Officer Josh Mowery, who pointed out Thomas was seen on video talking to the girls while they were concealing the merchandise.

Thomas was arraigned Tuesday in Hocking County Municipal Court and released on a $3,000 recognizance bond; is to have no contact with Walmart; cannot possess alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia; and must submit to all alcohol and drug screenings.

A copy of the police report was forwarded to Hocking County Children’s Services. However, the children remain in the custody of their mother.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Municipal Court for 1:45 p.m., April 15.