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Clearwater Police: Mother instructed son to steal before Christmas

Police: mom coached son to steal from mall store
Police: mom coached son to steal from mall store
Posted at 9:53 PM, Dec 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 00:30:55-05

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Police investigators say a local mother coached her son to steal from a Clearwater department store right before Christmas. 

Mahassen Elhadary, 39, was arrested for child neglect, retail theft, and possession of an anti-shoplifting device. 

Police say Elhadary placed clothes and shoes into a bag, telling her son to conceal items as well, while exiting the JC Penny at Westfield Countryside Saturday night.  

Total cost of the merchandise was $527.

When store security confronted the mother, Elhadary grabbed her baby out of the stroller and ran away, leaving behind her 14-year-old son and two-year-old, according to the police report. 

Elhadary denied using her kids to steal when ABC Action News stopped by her Land O' Lakes house for comment.