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Mother Accused of Coercing Daughter into Shoplifting Spree at Ross Park Mall

The pair was caught with nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise in a rented pick-up truck on McKnight Road.

say a mother coerced her 14-year-old daughter to go on a high-end shoplifting spree inside Sunday, before police nabbed them on McKnight Road. 

Kate Spiker, 36, of Sharpsburg, was seen snatching high-end purses inside Nordstrom, according to police. 

Her daughter was outside, behind the wheel of a rented pick-up truck, waiting while her mother made several trips in and out of various shops with the loot. 

“They took nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise,” said Ross Twp. Police Sgt. Ben Dripps. “High end merchandise such as purses, nightwear, lingerie, all stuff women would love. It was not your typical back to school shopping trip.” 

The plot began to unravel when a mall security guard asked the girl to move the truck out of the fire lane. 

Police said Spiker is seen on surveillance video anxiously telling her daughter to circle back around. That delay was just enough to allow police to make the arrest on McKnight Road. 

“They were very close to being out of Ross Township, when we were able to spot the vehicle, conduct the stop and retrieve the merchandise,” Sgt. Dripps said. 

In addition to the charges from Ross Township, police said they discovered Spiker had been arrested late last month in the City of Pittsburgh for retail theft. 

Charges against her daughter are pending, and she was released into the custody of her father. 

Ross Township Police said they believe the mother coerced the daughter into stealing the merchandise.

“You wonder what kind of parenting is involved, when a mother makes her daughter complicit in crimes such as theft,” Sgt. Dripps said.

As for a motive, “there really isn’t any indication that there is a drug problem,” said Dripps. “She probably did it for the same reason people have been stealing since Moses wore short pants, greed.”

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Richard Cook August 13, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Comment from our Facebook page: Jennifer J Brown Wonder if her name was SD. Now that is a good mom for you. Her daughter doesn't have a chance. THATS A SHAME!!!
Richard Cook August 13, 2012 at 09:54 PM
More from Facebook: Linda Haag she had the 14 year old driving the get away car! unbelievable :(
Richard Cook August 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
More from Facebook: Kelly Ann Lenhart-Kunst Idiot
Cristie August 14, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The mother probably grew up, once innocent and sweet, only to go through a period of time where by she ended up not standing a chance either. Judge not, lest thee be judged!
Gailmccray August 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Thou shalt not steal
JustMe November 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Mother of the Year Award !

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