Lancaster Mother Spends Nearly Eight Hours Shoplifting From Wal Mart With Her Three Young Kids

03.06.14 | Bob Price

A Lancaster woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after police said she spent nearly eight hours shoplifting from a Wal-Mart as her three young children accompanied her. Heather Lynne Defreitas, 40, is accused of stealing items worth $575 from the Wal-Mart in the 2000 block of Lincoln Highway East, East Lampeter Township. Defreitas had her three young children, ages 3, 6 and 7, with her between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6:14 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The kids spent most of that time sleeping in a shopping cart, according to police. Defreitas reportedly concealed items in two large handbags before she left the store without paying, Wal-Mart loss prevention employees told police. She was charged with felony retail theft because she has been charged with retail theft several times in the past, police said. Other charges include corruption of minors and driving with a suspended license. Defreitas' children were turned over to their father, according to police. Defreitas posted $500 bail and was released from custody.