Woman used kids as ‘lookouts’ while stealing video games: cops

A woman used two children as “lookouts” while she stole dozens of video games from a Target in North Carolina, police said.

Ashley Nicole Reed, 29, of Jacksonville, swiped 34 Nintendo Switch video games from a Target in Raleigh on Wednesday while a 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy stood nearby to alert her if any store employees approached, the News & Observer reports.

Police said the children are siblings. It wasn’t immediately clear how or if the children were related to Reed, but investigators believe she conspired with one of their older relatives to plan and pull off the alleged thefts, according to the newspaper.

Calls seeking additional comment from police were not immediately returned Friday.

Reed is facing two felony counts of larceny, one felony count of organized retail theft and conspiracy to commit larceny, as well as two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Reed was later booked into the Wake County jail, where her bail was set at $10,000. A judge later ordered her to not return to any Target location or have contact with her alleged accomplice as part of her release conditions, according to the newspaper.

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