Mall of Georgia
Kellisha Nicole Weems
Jawanna Leann Mobley
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - This is a story that sounds like something from Charles Dickens' novel, "Oliver Twist".
Two Atlanta women are accused of luring some young teens into a shoplifting spree miles from their homes.
"Sometimes kids are very gullible and then look up to their elders as being responsible," Gwinnett County Police Corporal Edwin Ritter told 11 Alive News on Friday.
Yet another reminder about why kids should be wary of strangers, especially if they promise something special.
Police say Kellisha Nicole Weems and Jawanna Leann Mobley drove up to a 14-year-old Atlanta boy outside his Barrett Drive home Sunday afternoon.
The teen said the women told him, "they were going to the mall and wanted to know if he wanted to go with them so they could buy him some clothes," according to the police report.
They then drove to some apartments on Atlanta's Myrtle Drive where they approached a 13-year-old boy with the same offer.
The teens told police they had met each other just a few days earlier.
But the teens said they had no idea the shopping trip would take them 40 miles up I-85 to the Mall of Georgia and that no one was going to pay for the new clothes.
"The women chose some items that they wanted; they put it in the dressing room and had these boys go to the dressing room to take the clothing," said Cpl. Ritter.
The shoplifters hit three stores, including Belk and Macy's, where alert security guards caught the 13-year-old in the act.
The police report says the 14-year-old was caught outside the mall and both teens described the women and their car, which police stopped trying to leave the area.
Inside police found $1,200 in stolen merchandise and a 3-year-old child that was not in a safety seat.
Police let the teens go when they convinced them the women had threatened them if they didn't steal for them.
Weems and Mobley are charged with shoplifting, interference with child custody and contributing to the delinquency of minors.
The report says the boys' mothers wanted police to charge the women with kidnapping as well, but police said they couldn't because the teens went willingly.