It’s not common for a suspected shoplifter to earn sympathy on Facebook, but that’s what’s happening after a woman was caught on camera stealing a car seat and baby wipes from a Walmart in Avon Park.
The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shared an image of a woman accused of stealing the items with a young son in her shopping cart on February 1. Deputies say she stole the car seat and baby wipes before running across the parking lot and departing in a dark gray Chevy Suburban.
NewsChannel 8 is told investigators have several leads on the identity of the suspect.
Commenters on the Facebook post, however, are offering to pay for the stolen items in the hopes that the woman won’t face charges.
“If someone pays the bill for her will Walmart drop the charges?“ asked Kaitlyn on Facebook. “Stealing is wrong period but the things a parent will do for their child are endless.“
Some people, however, believe the goodwill sets a bad precedent.
“So, based off these comments, if I am struggling in any type of way…I should shoplift? Just asking?“ commented Daisy on the post. “Doesn’t sound like a bad deal!! Any takers?!?! Don’t all raise your hand at once!“
Deputies tell NewsChannel 8 that the woman will likely still face charges even if the stolen goods are paid for.