Woman charged for allegedly making kids help her shoplift

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 09:43:08-04

Update, July 19: 

Patrice Gunter, 30, was charged with theft by shoplifting after being accused of using six children to help her steal from a Dollar General in Bellevue. 

Gunter's bond is $50,000 and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 8. 

Original Story, July 18:

Investigators say a metro woman used her six young children to help her steal from a store.

About 8:45 p.m. Monday, officers were called to the Dollar General at 36th & Harrison streets for a crime-in-progress.

Bellevue Police say a woman was shoplifting items, and six children were concealing the crime. The kids were between 6 and 12 years old.

Patrice Gunter, 30, is arrested for felony shoplifting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Items allegedly stolen include towels and iPhone chargers. Three of the children were Gunter's while three others were her nieces and nephews.

Gunter has served prison time for a third-offense shoplifting in the past, and is currently going through the court system for the same charge from 2016.

She refused an interview request at the Sarpy County Jail. Gunter will be in court for a bond hearing Wednesday morning.

If convicted on the felony, she faces up to two years in prison.

The children were released to a family member.