Henrico couple accused of shoplifting with their baby on board

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico county couple are accused of shoplifting with their baby on board!

28-year-old Raymond Bryant and 33-year-old Wendy Bryant are behind bars charged with shoplifting from the Target on South Laburnum Avenue. In this case, police said the couple stashed what they stole from the Target inside their baby carriage.

One local clothing store owner said she's seen shoplifters get even more creative. Police said a case of "sticky fingers" landed this couple in the slammer.

A stroller in the hands of someone with bad intentions is a common trick in the book, said Lex's Of Carytown owner Lisa McSherry.

"Nothing surprises retailers anymore," said McSherry.

Raymond and Wendy Bryant are accused of stashing more than $300 worth of merchandise from theTarget at White Oak Village into their baby carriage Wednesday night.Police said the Bryants left the store with the loot, but their freedom was short lived.

McSherry said shoplifters are innovative.

"We've seen with fake pregnancy cages where they'll stick the clothes up underneath," said McSherry.

Sometimes, McSherry said the crooks work in groups and some even bring along children as a distraction.

"We have all the warning signs - what to look for," said McSherry.

These days strollers come in many different sizes with compartments to stash stuff. This one you could get away with shoving a bag and maybe a sweater in the lower compartment, but McSherry said don't even try it at her store.

"Pretty much we have people watching every area of the store with cameras and security in the back - they're watching what's going on too. Nobody's going to get away with it. It's not worth it," said McSherry.

The Bryants have court appearances next week and next month.

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