Thursday, October 10, 2013

Setting a Not-So-Good Example

When an adult is with juveniles, whether in private or public, it’s the adult’s responsibility to set a good example.  While what constitutes a good or bad example can be a matter of personal opinion, most would probably agree that acting out and then allowing a theft to occur doesn’t fall into the “good example” category.  That’s exactly what happened at an Overland Park retail store last month.

On September 10th, 2013, around 8:30 pm, an adult female and two teenage girls entered a retail store in the 9000 block of Metcalf Avenue.  According to employees, the three browsed the store and selected merchandise for a short time before one of the teenagers pushed a cart full of merchandise out the door. The second teenager followed with several high-end handbags on her arm. 

What about the adult in all this?  Well, she didn’t pay for the items and she didn’t stop the teenagers from leaving the store, either.  Instead, she followed them out of the store, got into a vehicle with them and left the store without returning any of the merchandise. The adult was setting a poor example as well as committing a crime.

The adult was described as a black female, around 30 to 40 years old, 5’04” tall, about 145 lbs with black hair.  The juveniles were described as black females, 15 to 16 years old.  One wore a pink shirt and the other wore a purple shirt.

The trio left the area in a white 1997 to 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was described as having gold rims and gold trim.  It displayed a Kansas license plate that started “1G”.

Detectives are working on the case with the goal of holding all parties accountable for their bad choices.  Please take a look at this picture and see if you can help.  If you think you can identify this female, contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8729.