Chattanooga mom accused of taking her three children on a shoplifting run
Brittany Woodley, 27, of Chattanooga is facing three counts of child abuse and neglect; two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; one count of theft and evading arrest.
According to police, Woodley and two other women identified as Keyata Bush and Destiny Bush stole items from the Walmart on Gunbarrel Road then tried to get away in a white Chevy Impala.
Police saw the alleged get-away vehicle and began a pursuit through the Hamilton Place Mall parking lot.
According to officers, the suspects stopped the vehicle and took off on foot.
Police returned to the Walmart to talk to the loss prevention officer who said the suspects actually arrived in two different vehicles; one of which was still parked in the Walmart parking lot.
When police looked inside the other vehicle that was still parked at Walmart, they found three young children. All three were placed into protective custody by Child Protective Services.
Once police got a positive ID on Woodley as the children’s mother, they learned she has convictions for theft that dates back to 2008. The loss prevention officer also identified Woodley in a photo lineup from a previous arrest.
According to police, surveillance video shows Woodley and the other two suspects unwrapping merchandise then handing the wrappers, security strips and tags to Woodley’s children. The video reportedly shows the children discarding the wrappings, strips and tags into the garbage.
According to the report, when Woodley, Keyata Bush and Destiny Bush saw the loss prevention officer approaching, they ran to the Impala to get away; leaving the children in the other vehicle which was reportedly registered to Woodley.
Police found $600-$700 worth of stolen merchandise in both vehicles.
Investigators say all three suspects involved are linked to seven other documented thefts at the same Walmart.
Police eventually made contact with Woodley who told them Keyata Bush and Destiny Bush were the other two suspects.
According to investigators, Woodley tried to establish an alibi by saying she was at work while the Bush’s were watching her children.
Police obtained drivers license photos of Keyata Bush and Destiny Bush and showed them to the loss prevention officer who positively identified them as the other two suspects.
Police are pursing warrants for both women.
Both Destiny Bush and Keyata Bush have previous multiple theft convictions that date back to 2008.
As for Woodley, she remains in jail on a $27,000 bond.
(Pictures of all three suspects located in slideshow)