Case Against Franklin Women Caught Shoplifting in Presence of Child Moves Forward

| May 22, 2020

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – The case against a Franklin woman who was reportedly caught shoplifting in the presence of a minor child moved forward in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 19-year-old Lindsey Nicole Dobson were waived for court on Wednesday, May 20:

– Retail Theft-Take Merchandise, Misdemeanor 1 (four counts)
– Retail Theft-Take Merchandise, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

One third-degree felony count of endangering the welfare of children filed against Dobson was withdrawn.

Dobson remains free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in late January in Cranberry Township.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 4:58 p.m. on January 21, Troopers Behe and Grzasko, of PSP Franklin, were dispatched to the Walmart store in Cranberry Township for a report of a retail theft. They arrived at the scene and spoke to the staff at the store.

Staff members reported that Kaleena Rebecca Post and Lindsey Nicole Dobson were caught on camera removing items from the store that they did not pay for valued at a total of $540.45, the complaint indicates.

Dobson was observed on surveillance video pushing the shopping cart with her minor child in the cart with the stolen merchandise, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, upon a search of Dobson and Post’s jackets, Trooper Behe discovered a t-shirt stuck in the sleeve of Dobson’s jacket with a Maurice’s store tag still attached. Trooper Behe then got the verbal consent of the registered owner of the vehicle that Dobson and Post were operating to search the vehicle.

The complaint notes a search of the vehicle found seven women’s shirts with Maurice’s price tags still attached, as well as two Bath and Body Works hand soaps, one Bath and Body Works woman’s fragrance spray, and one women’s Bath and Body Works lotion with price tags still attached.

Trooper Frzasko then followed up with employees at Maurice’s and Bath and Body Works.

According to the complaint, it was determined all of the items found in Dobson and Post’s possession were stolen from the stores.

Dobson was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 3.

The following charges against 37-year-old Kaleena Rebecca Post, of Franklin, were also waived for court on May 20:

– Retail Theft-Take Merchandise, Felony 3 (four counts)

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Post arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 8:00 p.m. on January 21.

She is currently free on $1,500.00 monetary bail.

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