43-year-old grandmother accused of using grandkids to shoplift in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police say a grandmother used her two grandchildren to shoplift.

Trina Chavez-Hutchins, 43, faces charges of theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a felony. She's accused of enlisting two grandchildren to shoplift merchandise worth about $360 from Sportsmans' Warehouse.

Video surveillance at the store taken Sunday allegedly shows Chavez-Hutchins selecting items from the shelves with her 10-year-old grandson and 7-year-old granddaughter and placing them into a basket.

According to the police blotter, a witness reported hearing Chavez-Hutchins run out of the store yelling at the children to “run, hurry, get in the car."

Witnesses at the store took down her license plate number, which led police to Chaves-Hutchins' home. She was arrested Monday.

Police said they also contact the Department of Human Services about the incident.

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