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Woman uses 6 kids to help steal items from Henrico store

Crystal Elizabeth Trevorrow (Source: Henrico police) Crystal Elizabeth Trevorrow (Source: Henrico police)

Henrico police were called to a Target after a woman was accused of using six children to help her shoplift.

Wednesday, a judge released 32-year-old Crystal Trevorrow from jail on a $3,000 bond. Investigators say she not only had children with her but that she was also using a stroller to hide stolen merchandise.

"Huh?" Rebecca Duncan said with a gasp.

It’s one of many reactions of utter shock from shoppers at the Target on Brook Road.

"That's horrible," Lexie Duncan added.

Investigators say just before 9 p.m. Tuesday, Trevorrow had six children with her and had them carrying merchandise she never intended to pay for. Officers say she even hid some of the goods inside a stroller.

"People would do anything and especially people would do stuff with innocent children and use them in that way," said Robyn Allen.

Allen lives in the same neighborhood as Trevorrow and says she's not used to suspected criminals being so close.

"Out here in Hanover, it's quiet. Nothing really happens. To hear something like that, it lets you know that you can't get too far from crime," she added.

Trevorrow is charged with felony larceny and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

Before you step foot in the store, signs greet customers advising that security cameras are in use.

Some shoppers like Robert Nash are saying show a little compassion.

"I think she probably needed it versus wanting it…I was in that situation when I was in my 20s where I didn't have any money and I would go in the grocery stores and I'd steal food…I'd like to see somebody step up to say ‘what can we do to help you?’," Nash said.

Court records don't know the suspect's side of the story, but she'll soon get her day to tell it before a judge.

"If she gets away with it, then we should all be able to do it," Lexie Duncan added.

Trevorrow was charged with shoplifting in 2012. In that case, the charges were set aside. The following year, the charges came back up. She plead guilty and was sentenced to two years, but she didn't have to serve any time for it.

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