Woman arrested – leaves infant locked in car

St. Augustine Police reported to Historic City News that they have arrested 28 year-old Kristin Thomas and charged her with Shoplifting and Child Abuse.

In the early hours of Friday morning, Police Officer Jeff Collins responded to a shoplifting call from Carmelo’s Marketplace located at 146 King Street, across from the police department building.

Officer Collins made contact with Thomas, who was still inside the store and in possession of three bottles of Sutter Home wine that were stuck inside her purse. Although Thomas admitted stealing the wine when confronted, during recent renovations at the store, Carmelo’s installed extensive video surveillance and other counter-shoplifting measures.

Approximately 20 minutes into the investigation, Officer Collins asked Thomas how she got to the store and she reported to him that she drove herself there.

On inspection of Thomas’ vehicle, Officer Collins discovered an 8 month old infant; alone, in the back seat of the locked car.

The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident and the infant was turned over to a relative.

Thomas, who lives at 134 1/2 San Marco Avenue in St Augustine, was taken into custody and booked into the county jail at 3:15 Friday morning; charged with shoplifting and child abuse.

Thomas remains in custody in lieu of posting $1,700.00 bond.