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Banned shoplifter booked into prison after making daughter accomplice to crime

Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 5:00pm

A Baton Rouge woman with a history of shoplifting landed behind bars after making her daughter an accomplice to her crime.

According to the arrest report, Catherine Dodson, 50, of Baker, was arrested by a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office on Sunday, June 9 at roughly 2:30 p.m. She’s accused of attempting to steal over $200 worth of merchandise.

Law enforcement was called to the Cortana Place Wal-Mart after an employee observed Dodson and her daughter stuffing the items in their purses. When questioned by deputies, Dodson admitted to the theft and said she told her daughter to conceal additional items in her purse.

The deputy learned that Dodson has a history of theft and has been banned from returning to the store. She has prior charges for a theft in 2010 at the O’Neal location, in 2011 and 2012 from the College Drive location. He also learned that she had an outstanding warrant for a theft charge.

When asked by the deputy why she attempted the crime, Dodson said she “had no good reason.”

Dodson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of Theft of Goods, Entering/Remaining After Being Forbidden, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and the outstanding warrant. All of the charges are misdemeanor offenses.

Dodson’s daughter was released into the custody of a family member.

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