Accused shoplifter leaves children at store
A Barnwell woman who reportedly tried to shoplift children’s clothes and toys from Walmart also faces charges of child endangerment for leaving her children at the store after the alleged shoplifting.
Shaquanna Rebecca Walker, 29, of Cole Lane, was charged with shoplifting, two counts of unlawful neglect of a child and driving without a South Carolina driver’s license. She was placed in the Aiken County detention center.
Lester Brown Jr., 18, also of Cole Lane in Barnwell, was charged with shoplifting and placed in the detention center.
Walker and Brown reportedly walked out of the lawn and garden entrance of Walmart on Whiskey Road on Tuesday with a shopping cart full of toys and a purse filled with children’s clothes, according to a report from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
A Walmart loss prevention agent saw the two get into a vehicle to leave the scene and reported the vehicle to Public Safety. An officer pulled over the vehicle a short distance down Whiskey Road, according to the report.
The officer saw the toys in the back of the vehicle, which Walker said she purchased earlier at another store but didn’t have a receipt for, according to the report.
The store employee also told officers that Walker left her two children at the store when she and Brown drove away, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.