Authorities say a New Jersey woman made up a story that her granddaughter was missing inside a Walmart so that her son could steal clothes and candy.
Police in Egg Harbor Township say that Donna Hall, 58, and her son Nicholas Hall, 30, were charged after Tuesday morning's incident.
Police say Donna Hall told employees she had last seen the 8-year-old girl in the store's jewelry section and warned store workers that she had a tendency to hide.
Security guards say they saw Nicholas Hall filling bags with clothes and candy while the store was locked down.
She later claimed her granddaughter left the store with a friend. Police later determined there was never a girl missing.
Donna Hall was charged with creating a false public alarm and shoplifting and Nicholas Hall was charged with shoplifting and drug possession.
It wasn't immediately known if the pair had attorneys to comment on their behalf.
With the Associated Press