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Florida mother caught shoplifting at Walmart, flees, leaving children behind

Rebecca Stoltz

When Rebecca Stoltz, 26, was stealing $44 worth of women’s clothing at Walmart, she couldn’t bear going to jail. So, she fled the scene in a silver Nissan. Unfortunately, she left her “clearly distressed” and crying daughters, ages 6 and 9, behind. What’s more trifling, she asked a friend to go and get them.

Officers went to the home listed on Stoltz driver’s license, which turned out not to be her current address.


When the friend showed up at the store, she was met by police and, wisely, refused to give up her name. She did snitch on Stoltz, giving them a phone number to contact her. Once they reached her, officers had to convince her to come back to the store. She gave them push back saying she didn’t have any transportation. Finally, she returned to the store where she was arrested and charged with child abuse, neglect and first-degree petty theft. She is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $3,500 bail.

Family members are looking after her young daughters.


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