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Columbus Authorities Searching for Serial Shoplifter
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Police are once again searching for a serial shoplifter who once allegedly used her newborn child to provide cover during a theft.
Samantha Brown faces new charges of theft and probation violations, the latest in a series of dozens of theft allegations levied against her by Columbus authorities. She was released from jail in early 2013.
Brown, 36, is now sought for a theft at a Columbus Lowe's, during which she allegedly entered the store with an empty shopping cart, and walked out with nearly $300 worth of merchandise. She then re-entered the store within two minutes of the theft, and attempted to return the items for cash, according to police.
Brown is well-known to Columbus police, having previously faced charges of domestic violence, assault, forgery, receiving stolen property, falsification, possession of criminal tools, criminal trespass, felony drug possession, identity theft, and felony tampering with records -- though theft has long been her calling card.
From shower curtains and People magazines to broccoli and buffalo wings, Ms. Brown steals items the same way the rest of us go grocery shopping, Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick said. It has become an annual tradition with her: we put her in jail, she does her time, gets out, steals again and we repeat the process.
Brown is known to conceal stolen items in carts during thefts, once hiding merchandise under a car seat containing her newborn baby, according to authorities.
Anyone with information about Brown's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Columbus City Attorney's Office at 614-645-8874.