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Associated Press, Published July 24 2013

Jamestown woman accused of shoplifting scheme involving her children

JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Police say a Jamestown woman is accused of shoplifting from a local Wal-Mart store and then using her children to sell the stolen property.

Tara Bauer, 40, is charged with theft of property, dealing in stolen property and child neglect or abuse.

Police say Bauer shoplifted an estimated $5,200 in items from the Jamestown Wal-Mart and recruited others, including her teenage children, to return the items for cash or to pawn the stolen items.

The alleged thefts took place in early June. Bauer was arrested July 8.

The stolen items included a television, an air conditioner, household appliances and swimming pools.

Bauer is free on bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12.