BROOKSVILLE — A 29-year-old Brooksville woman used her teenage daughter as a lookout in an attempt to steal clothing and cosmetics from the Brooksville Walmart store on Monday, police say. A store employee at the store, at 7305 Broad St., saw Kandes Marie Gjertsen conceal $38 worth of merchandise and try to leave without paying, Brooksville Police said. Authorities say Gjertsen had her 13-year-old daughter act as a lookout and struggled with employees who tried to stop her from leaving through the garden center. Gjertsen was arrested and charged with larceny, resisting a merchant and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Tuesday in lieu of $9,000 bail. Store officials decided not to press charges against the teen, who was released to the custody of her stepfather, police said. Court records show that in the past 18 months, Gjertsen has two convictions for shoplifting and was found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, battery and resisting a merchant.
Brooksville woman charged with using daughter as lookout during shoplifting incident
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