Lancaster woman gets 2-5 years for using kids to shoplift

Heather DeFreitas (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office)

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A city woman will spend two to five years in prison for using her children to shoplift from a Wal-Mart.

Her conviction this week was Heather DeFreitas’s third for retail theft, so the crime was graded a felony.

She pleaded guilty to retail theft, corruption of minors, and a summary charge of driving on a DUI-related suspended license, her fourth DUI-related suspension charge, according to the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Authorities said DeFreitas, 42, took her three children to the Wal-Mart in East Lampeter Township in March 2014, then spent six hours concealing merchandise into multiple shopping carts and purses. She then had one of her children push a loaded cart past the registers and out the store.

Store security stopped the family in the parking lot.

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