PORT ST. LUCIE (Palm Beach Post) — A mother and waitress already awaiting one hearing on charges that she shoplifted with her daughter is back in jail after police say she used her 6-year-old son to shoplift a LEGO set from a Port St. Lucie Wal-Mart.
Evelyn McSweeney, 45, was arrested Friday by Port St. Lucie police and faces numerous charges including retail theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her bail has been set at $57,250.
Wal-Mart’s loss prevention officer alerted police that they had detained McSweeney after they said they saw her evade paying for a LEGO set, according to her arrest report.
McSweeney was in the store at 10855 South US Highway 1 with her 6-year-old son. Police say in-store surveillance video shows her selecting the LEGO set from the toy aisle and then heading for the store’s grocery section.
When the pair arrive at checkout, police report that the video show the boy trying to put the Lego set on the conveyer belt, that is being loaded with groceries. But McSweeney stops him, puts the LEGOs in a plastic Wal-Mart bag and hands the bag to her son. The two then leave without paying for the LEGOs.
A subsequent search of her bag turned up three bottles of water flavoring for which she did not pay, according to McSweeney’s arrest report.
McSweeney later told police she was not stealing and that it was a “misunderstanding.”
McSweeney was arrested June 1 this year and is facing similar accusations that she put several items in Wal-Mart bags and then handed them off to her daughter and her daughter’s friend, exiting the store without paying. The charges at that arrest including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and retail theft.
McSweeney’s son is now in the custody of his father, according to her arrest report.