Two Lewisville mothers accused of shoplifting more than $200 in clothes with their three young children in tow at Grapevine Mills mall in November have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines.
Maricela Amaya, 22, was sentenced to three months’ deferred probation this morning during a hearing in County Criminal Court No. 4 on a charge of theft of $50 to $500. She had to pay a $546 fine.
Abigail Hernandez, 23, was placed on six months deferred probation on Friday. Tarrant County criminal court records show that she must pay a $590 fine.
On Dec. 17, Maribel Diaz, 19, Amaya’s sister, was placed on six months probation and ordered to pay a $290 fine, court records show.
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The trio was arrested on Nov. 2 and released after posting $2,000 bail each shortly after the arrest.
The three were accused of stealing $205.81 worth of clothes from JC Penney at the mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, in Grapevine while they had their six children with them.
One child was an infant and the oldest child was 3, according to Grapevine police reports.
Diaz had her three children with her while Amaya had an infant and a toddler, and Hernandez had one child with her.
Grapevine police were dispatched to the store at about 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 on a report of three women accused of shoplifting who were in custody.
The three women told officers that they had stolen panties, pants and other clothes from the store, police said.
"I was not going out there to do that," Amaya said in a telephone interview with the Star-Telegram a few days after her arrest. "They started doing it, so I did, too."
According to store surveillance video cameras, the women selected several clothing items and hid them in a large plastic Walmart shopping bag.
The women and their children were stopped outside the store by theft prevention officials and returned to a store office.
The six kids were released after one of the women called a relative to come get the children.