Shoplifting mom fled Salvation Army with 3-week-old baby in front seat: Police
WHO / Polk County
Kabra Grabill is charged with child endangerment, theft and driving while barred.

By Kelly Maricle, WHO

DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO) -- An Urbandale woman police say was caught shoplifting is behind bars after she allegedly refused to pay for her items and took off with her 3-week-old child unsecured in the front seat of her vehicle.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said the incident happened at the Salvation Army on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines Monday around 4 p.m.

Staff at the store noticed 26-year-old Kabra Grabill, who had her 3-week-old baby with her, shoplifting and confronted her. Police say they even offered to give her some free items if she would return the stolen items concealed in her diaper bag.

Grabill refused and pushed past the staff, leaving the store. Police say she put her baby on the front seat of her vehicle, unsecured, and drove away. Officers were able to pull her over and she was arrested.

Grabill is charged with child endangerment-no injury, 5th-degree theft, and driving while barred-habitual offender. She is being held in the Polk County Jail.

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