SONORA - A 29-year-old homeless woman is in jail after police say she coerced three children she was babysitting to steal $158 in merchandise from a Save Mart store.
Leilani Serrano was arrested Friday evening at the store on charges of felony conspiracy to commit a crime, misdemeanor petty theft and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sonora police Chief Mark Stinson said. She may face additional charges, he said.
Police said Serrano used three of the five children she was babysitting – ages 10, 12 and 14 – to steal makeup, hygiene products, food and office supplies from the Sonora supermarket.
The childrens’ parents were unaware of what had happened, Stinson said.
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“They were shocked that she would (use) their kids to do such a thing,” Stinson said.