3 Generations Caught Shoplifting in Northern California

Police in the San Joaquin County community of Lodi say shoplifting appears to be all in the family for one family that makes it home in the city.

A spokeswoman for the Lodi Police Department says a grandmother,
her daughter and some of her grandchildren were arrested after
trying to steal $900 worth of merchandise from a Target store.

Police say family members were caught on surveillance video earlier this week cutting open boxes and hiding MP3 players, digital cameras, DVDs, jewelry and sports equipment in purses, bags and a backpack.

An eight-year-old and a five-year-old were among the family members detained.

Fifty-nine-year-old Linda Robinson and her 36-year-old daughter -- Anna Fernandez -- were charged Wednesday with burglary, grand
theft, vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities say Fernandez's teenage sons, 17 and 14, were also
arrested on suspicion of grand theft and will face charges in juvenile court.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-25-08 1401EST


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