Woman accused of shoplifting strips naked at store

KENNEWICK — Police say a woman accused of shoplifting at a Kennewick store stripped off all her clothes in an apparent attempt to show security guards she wasn’t hiding any merchandise.

Officers were called to the store in the Columbia Center mall Monday evening, and the woman got dressed.

Police spokesman Mike Blatman told The Tri-City Herald the woman’s 9-year-old daughter started crying and pulled a box of jewelry from under her shirt.

The mother said she didn’t know anything about it, but Blatman says store video shows the woman instructing the girl to hide the jewelry. She also had three other children, ages 4, 6 and 13, running around the mall.

The case was sent to the city attorney for possible charges and also referred to Child Protective Services.

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