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August 20, 2012

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These women like to make their crime sprees family affairs.

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, just before 2:00 p.m., they walked into the 99 Cent Store at 35th Ave. and Peoria.

"Two women, one in her 20s the other in her 40s, and the three children between the ages of three and ten, go into the store and the women start putting stuff into their purses," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch. "Basic shoplifting."

As they tried to leave the store, they were stopped by a couple of employees.

"They ended-up fighting with the employees, basically turning a shoplifting into a robbery," said Burch. "At one point, one of the women called the other one 'mom,' leading us to believe they were mother, grandmother and grandchildren."

The women punched one worker in the head and face, rammed a shopping cart into the other worker and were also throwing items at the clerks.

They were doing this while holding children in their arms. The family got away in a van with a covered-up license plate.

To read more about this case, click here.

Our next case will have you carefully guarding your credit card numbers.

On Saturday, June 30, 2012, the victim discovered someone had been using his credit card number. He still had the card, but the thief had somehow taken the numbers and was making purchases at various stores around the Valley, like Auto Zone and Circle K.

The suspect has been caught on surveillance cameras making hundreds of dollars in fraudulent purchases.

To read more about this case, click here.

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Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

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First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

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Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.


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