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Deputies: Pasco woman used 3-year-old child to help shoplift electronics

— A Zephyrhills woman accused of stealing electronic devices from a Wesley Chapel Walmart used a 3-year-old child to help smuggle the goods out of the store four days in a row, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On one occasion, the stolen merchandise was hidden in a pink container the child carried, an arrest report said, and on three other days the merchandise was tucked into a backpack the child carried.

Amanda Jo Hammon, 30, of 5424 Tangerine Drive, was arrested Wednesday on four counts of aggravated retail grand theft and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was taken to the Land O’ Lakes Jail where she was being held Friday with bail set at $20,150.

The sheriff’s office would not reveal Hammon’s relationship to the child.

Deputies also arrested Jason Deris Dorman, 32, of 14649 Treeleaf Lane, Dade City, as an accomplice. He faces one count of aggravated retail grand theft and is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail with bail set at $5,000.

The thefts at the Walmart at 28500 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, happened Sept. 5 through Monday and were caught on a surveillance camera, arrest reports said.

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