Police: Grandma Shoplifts With Grandkids

Trina Chavez-Hutchins (Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Police)
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A grandma is in trouble with the law. She reportedly got her own grandkids to shoplift.

Trina Chavez-Hutchins, 43, allegedly took her 10-year-old grandson and 7-year-old granddaughter to the Sportsman's Warehouse at the Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs to steal on August 3.

Police say Chavez-Hutchins and her granddaughter were caught on a security camera putting items into a basket and then running for the door. 11 News asked for the store surveillance video but we're told it's in evidence right now.

A witness reportedly saw the grandma running out the door, telling the children to "run, hurry, get in the car!" A witness was able to get the license plate number, which led police to her home, where they made the arrest.

11 News talked to neighbors about the crime.

"I am so shocked. I can't believe that this even happened. It seems so uncharacteristic to her," explained Adrian Neapodaca.

"You're setting a bad example. You're got to teach them right," said Lorin Robinson.

The trio allegedly stole $360 worth of stuff. Police say they recovered about half of it.

11 News looked into Chaves-Hutchins' criminal background. She has a lengthy rap sheet from all across Colorado. She has a number of theft and fraud charges. In fact court papers show she was just arrested a few weeks ago, accused of stealing.

Chavez-Hutchins is charged with theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a felony.