Carson City mother jailed in alleged shoplifting

A Carson City woman jailed Thursday for shoplifting from Wal-Mart, allegedly stuffed her purse and her children's coats with 33 items then walked out of the store without paying for them, a police report indicates.

Kelli Jean Bradbury, 34, was booked into the Carson City Jail on suspicion of felony grand larceny at 6:30 p.m.

According to the arrest report, loss-prevention officers with Wal-Mart told police they'd witnessed Bradbury putting DVDs and CDs into her purse. When Bradbury checked out, the report states, the cashier rang up $62 in merchandise, for which she paid $54.90 in food stamps. The remainder of the bill she paid in cash.

Loss-prevention officers reportedly confronted Bradbury outside the east doors of the business and when they recovered the items from her purse, they asked her is she had anything else.

"Bradbury admitted to having other items inside her children's coats," the report states.

The report indicates two of the three children with her had items inside their coats, which Bradbury allegedly said she had placed there before she put the movies and music in her bag.

In all, the 33 items recovered totaled $337.90, according to the report.

Bradbury allegedly told officers her family fell on hard times, and she was suffering from back pain.

"Bradbury's children were asking for movies and something from the toy section. Bradbury stated she did not have money for the movies and other items," the report states.

Her bail was set at $25,000. Bradbury's husband took custody of the children.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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