Woman accused of shoplifting at Boardman store had infant with her

Staff report

BOARDMAN

For the second time this week, a suspected shoplifter was charged with child endangering because a young child was with them during the suspected crime.

According to a police report, officers were sent to Kohl’s on Boardman-Poland Road about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday for a theft in progress.

An employee told police two people, later identified as Marcus Davis, 38, of Austintown, and Lori Reese, 40, of Niles, selected numerous clothing items, took them into a fitting room, then concealed nearly $800 worth of merchandise in a Kohl’s bag and a diaper bag.

The report said Reese brought her 6-month-old baby to the store and “was using the baby and the baby’s car seat to conceal the bag of merchandise and the diaper bag, now loaded with merchandise.”

Police detained the pair after they left the store with the merchandise, according to the report.

Police reported finding additional suspected stolen items in the car Reese was driving, and noted she is a suspect in other shoplifting incidents.

The child was released to a relative.

Davis and Reese face charges of theft and possession of criminal tools, and Reese also was charged with child endangering, according to the report.

A similar incident was reported at Kohl’s on Monday. Aaron Julien, 41, was charged with robbery and child endangering after police said he attempted to steal a Christmas ornament and scuffled with a store employee. He had a 3-year-old with him during the incident.

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