CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - New information about a Nottoway mother accused of bringing her baby along for a drunken crime spree in Chesterfield.
25-year-old Stephanie Elmore is facing a laundry list of charges including DUI and reckless care of a child. Police arrested Elmore last Monday at a shopping center on Brad McNeer Parkway near Brandermill. Chesterfield police say they went out to the Village at Swift Creek Shopping Center after getting several 911 calls about a woman breaking into cars.
When she was handcuffed for her ride to jail, police say Stephanie Elmore was not lucid. Alina Reyes says she saw the cops in the American Family Fitness parking lot when she got there for her early morning workout last Monday.
"I was shocked for this area," said Reyes.
Reyes says what's even more startling is that Stephanie Elmore, the mother accused in the rash of car break-ins, brought her infant son along for the crime spree.
"I'm a mom; a parent. I have an eight year old. I just can't imagine like leaving a one year old in a car and doing that. That's crazy," said Reyes.
Police say Elmore was going around trying car doors and when she couldn't get in that way she got more aggressive and started smashing windows. Several witnesses called police. By the time officers got there, police say Elmore racked up quite a loot including cash, wallets, purses, GPS devices, cameras and clothing. Elmore was arrested during a traffic stop with her infant son in her car.
"I really worry for the child. What could be next, you know," said resident Lori Carter.
"Though it's unfortunate the car got broken into, really I think it all worked out for the good," said Jeff Lee, resident.
Elmore is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail. She's expected in court Friday on a drug possession charge. Elmore has other court dates scheduled for July and August for the remaining charges.