Mom brings her 5 year old son to break into the South West business of Lancaster Co.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a woman brought in one of her 5-year-old sons when she broke into a business in southwest Lancaster County and caused thousands dollars of damage.
Sheriff Terry Wagner said between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, a break-in occurred at Yankee Hill Brick & Tile.
According to Sheriff Wagner, a company employee reported that a black Jeep was backed up and parked near a company gate and that there were two 5-year-old children with the vehicle, as well as a adult inside the building.
LSO said responding deputies found the Jeep turned on with the radio on, a small child walking around the vehicle and a woman, identified as the children’s mother, at the door of the business with no shoes on.
Sheriff Wagner said the deputy reported seeing trash and debris surrounding the Jeep and the trunk was open.
The responding assistant noted that the child outside the Jeep and the woman had dirt and yellow spray paint on their hands, face and body.
Deputies said that when questioning the woman, she explained that while driving she stopped on the north side of Yankee Hill Brick & Tile and entered the building through an unlocked door with one of her children.
Sheriff Wagner said the report notes that inside the building, the woman said she threw garbage cans, knocked over bookshelves, knocked over scaffolding, threw tool boxes and tore up bags of materials. The report also noted that the woman said that while inside the building, she found two yellow spray paint cans and exited the building to begin spray painting.
Deputies said that on the north building, the woman had sprayed her surname and “MINE” in yellow spray paint.
Sheriff Wagner said the woman then went to the south side of the building and tried to get inside through a garage door but was unable to enter. So she went to the other side of the south building and parked her vehicle where the deputies eventually found her.
The report notes that the woman told deputies that she and her 5-year-old entered the building and threw chairs, rocks, rubbish and toolboxes. According to deputies, the woman also said she opened all unlocked circuit breaker panels and operated a number of circuit breaker switches.
The Responding Assistant stated in his report that in this area of the building there was a catwalk about 25 feet above the ground and the woman’s child was walking around in the area which was extremely dangerous for a 5 year old child.
Employees said doors to the business generally remain unlocked, according to LSO.
Sheriff Wagner said the woman was ordered to leave the property but refused.
Property damage was estimated at approximately $5,000.
The woman was arrested for burglary and cited on three counts of criminal mischief and two counts of child abuse. LSO said the woman was also cited for theft in a related case.
LSO said the two 5-year-old sons had been taken into the care of health and social services.
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