JPD: Shoplifting teens laughed and danced while in cuffs

JPD: Shoplifting teens laughed and danced while in cuffs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police didn't think it was a laughing matter after they say two girls shoplifted then laughed and danced while in handcuffs.

An incident report from Jonesboro police stated an officer was dispatched to JCPenny, 3000 E. Highland on Wednesday where two 12-year-old girls were in custody.

A JCPenny asset protection associate told the officer he saw the girls take multiple pairs of sandals and flip flops from the shoe department into the boy's fitting room.

When they left the fitting room, the items were no longer in their possession nor were they in the fitting room. The associate contacted the two after they left the store.

The officer talked with a juvenile probation officer, and they stated the two had already been arrested for theft. The teens' parents were notified about the recent incident.

While waiting in the security office to be transferred to juvenile detention, the officer noted one of the teens had a "very sarcastic and non-caring attitude." She reportedly continued to "giggle and act as if she had committed no crime."

Also, the girl purposely used her non-dominant hand to sign paperwork very slowly, according to the report.

Both girls were put into handcuffs.

One girl, according to the officer, moved her hands and arms over her head to place the cuffs in front of her. The girl said she "wanted to be cuffed in the front."

She was told to undo what she had done and did, according to the officer.

While being transported to juvenile detention, the incident report stated the girls "laughed and even danced" while in the back of the patrol car handcuffed.

The pair received criminal, juvenile citations for theft of property and were left at the juvenile detention center.

The stolen items were recovered.

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