Police say woman pawned stolen movies, games to fuel drug habit - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police say woman pawned stolen movies, games to fuel drug habit

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis woman was arrested after she was caught on camera shoplifting merchandise and pawning it off.

The sheriff's ALERT Squad has been searching for Donna Wynne since her first theft last month when she showed up on surveillance video with two young children in tow.

"When she would commit her crimes, she'd have two of her small children with her," said Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Chip Washington.

Police said she frequented Target stores in a streak that ran from mid-Decemeber though mid-January.  Investigators said she always took Blu-Ray discs and video games.

Police said Wynne struck on 10 different occasions at five different stores.  In each case, Wynne then brought her children with her to a Cash America Pawn to sell the merchandise.

When she showed up Tuesday, pawn shop staff called the ALERT Squad.

"Apparently she'd done it so many times that it became fairly easy to identify her," said Washington.  "Then it was just a matter of waiting for her to commit another crime and be at the right place at the right time."

According to an affidavit of complaint, Wynne stole nearly $2,500 in discs to fuel her heroin habit.

"Again, that makes it a doubly sad situation," said Washington.  "Particularly for her children."

The father now has custody of Wynne's children.  He decline to comment.

Wynne returns to court next Wednesday.

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