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NBC12 confronts mom accused of leaving kids in car and shoplifting

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond mother is accused of shoplifting from a Henrico Walmart - but that's not the only charge. Henrico Police say Marina Thomas also left her children in the car while she did it. Now she's also facing three charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

NBC12 caught up with Thomas outside her home. She is out on bond.

Police say it allegedly happened at the Walmart off of Brook Road in Henrico. Police say Thomas came here with three children...but this wasn't an ordinary shopping trip, she didn't take them into the store.

Instead, police say, she left the children - who are all less than eight years old, according to police - in the car. It was about 90 degrees outside in the middle of the afternoon, but officers say she did turn on the air conditioning.

Police say Thomas then tried to steal several items from the Walmart, but she was caught by store security. Henrico Police tell us her children were not injured.

Now, shoppers were in disbelief.

"Someone could break in and take the kids," said Marilyn Brook. "Or they could coerce the kids to open the door, take the car and the kids and be gone."

"Just leaving them unattended is irresponsible in itself and then to go and do something that's illegal while they're sitting in the car is just inexcusable," said Gabriel Gonzalez.

NBC12 wanted to see if Thomas could explain what happened.

"Their dad was right there with them in another vehicle," said Thomas.

Police say the children were unsupervised. When NBC12 asked for her to elaborate, she got in her car and drove away.

According to the court clerk, a judge granted Thomas bail and she has been told to stay away from the Walmart.

Police say the children were released to another family member.

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