Cops: L.I. Mother Enlisted 2 Daughters For Brazen Shoplifting Scheme

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A mother and her daughters were arrested for family thievery on Long Island after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothes and jewelry.

Police said the brazen shoplifting mother enlisted her own children to help swindle and steal $2,500 of merchandise from the bustling JCPenney in the Green Acres Mall, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Cynthia Richardson, 49, was charged with grand larceny and endangering the welfare of children. Investigators said the 24-year-old daughter, Kizzy Polhill, helped her mother rip off massive amounts of clothing along with another teen daughter.

Police said the daughters stuffed top-end merchandise into shopping bags as their mother served as a lookout inside the store, and it was all caught on surveillance video.

All three were tailed by a loss prevention officer and held by security in the mall parking lot until Nassau County police arrived. They handcuffed Richardson and Polhill, while the teen was released to another family member.

JCPenney management said they were shocked that the family thought they could get away with it.

“We have plainclothes detectives, as well as covert cameras, located throughout the store,” manager Peter Ressa said.

Ressa said that, with the presence of security and their anti-theft technology, they never had a chance.

“In a building with over 100 cameras and multiple officers, not many people do,” he said.

Shoppers who spoke to CBS 2 were outraged.

“It makes me mad because I worked in retail,” Kevin Prothro said. “When stuff like that happens, shrinkage tends to happen, and [the] price goes up.”

“It’s pathetic that it’s their mom, I think that’s the worst part of it,” Julie Widman said. “It’s not even them by themselves. This is the role model they have.”

The mother and older daughter pleaded not guilty. As of early Thursday evening, they had not yet posted bail of $1,500 each.

Richardson denied that she was going to sell the merchandise, and at one point told her court-appointed lawyer that it was all a “big misunderstanding.”

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  • Peter

    what a nice mother.

  • meme Black serial killersm an article from the Root, a black website

  • Audra B.

    This is my first time reading this paper, what ignorance! What is wrong with some of you is whats wrong with the world ….. too many RACIST. Why don’t you focus on the crimes here not the color of the criminals. The only differnce in some of you and the Klan is they were embarrassed enough to wear sheets! This is sad situation…Focus people.

  • I am white

    As a white person, I consider all the racists comments out of place. Why do you racist people have to emphazise they are blacks? We white people do these things too. Come on America! Let’s all live in peace…..

    • nonogevah

      So where are the White people who “do these things too?”

      • Hndbgqn

        Oh please, you crazy flakes shoot up entire towns and schools and no one brings up the race issue. I can tolerate a thief more than I con tolerate mass murderers.

    • meme

      Do 48% of white woman have highly contagious herpes ? Does 13% of white people commit 60% of felony murders ? dude open your eyes there is a problem

  • Michael H.

    I’d hit it!

  • Dasku

    Despicable behavior. As for the comments that they deserve sympathy, these women deserve no more or less compassion than anyone else. A mother teaching her daughters to steal is wrong, pure and simple! No amount of words are going to change that. Sympathy and a slap on the wrist will only encourage them to continue stealing. They should be fully prosecuted and their penalty should be made very public as a deterrent to others and as a reminder that we are a nation of laws. Sadly, if we were a nation of morals, we wouldn’t need laws.

  • tyrone

    price tags and payin fo sheet beez rayciss!

  • ME

    Blacks 12% of the population 57% of all murders committed by BLACKS, there has to be somerthing wrong



  • NoMoreExcuses

    Well, look at this. Are any of us surprised? Here is a story about 3 negroes who thought they weren’t beholden to the law; and got caught being thieves. Lock ’em up, throw the key away, and send ’em off to prison, where they so richly deserve to be! I guess there weren’t any “flash mobs” for them to be a part of, so they decided to break some other laws… Cheers to mall security and NCPD for locking up these menaces to society!

  • Desmond

    She do have a job and own a restaurant I believe she have 3 houses with her husband thats the sad part she works for the post offices

  • T69A

    ‘Black in America with a lot of money’????……Then why didn’t she post bail right away? Whe does she have a court appointed lawyer?….I’m black in America too & it sounds like you happen to be Dumb in America….WAKE UP!!!.

  • Willie Horton

    That’s raycist! After all, it is of course whitey’s fault for building shopping malls to trap the black man. The shopping mall with all its bling attracts darkey and makes him steal so the po po can lock him up. If only it were that simple.

  • Kayla

    For All Of The Comments Above ^^…You don’t know this Family..Don’t know where they been thru in life or where they are @ in life..Or how good of a Mother she is.
    You ever heard of a saying “Don’t judge a book by it cover”? Well you cant Judge this family because you DON’T know them, All you know is that they did a Crime. Which is not acceptable but Everybody in Life make bad choices. This was one of theirs. So with that said, if you don’t have ANYTHING positive to say , don’t say anything at all. GOD love Babies n Fools :) Who are you too Judge?

    • Kayla

      I Meant Below*

  • DAO361

    Typical BLACK family?!?!?! are you serious. How close minded are you to believe that ALL black families are like this. Grow Up or get out of here with that BS

    • Robertlew

      Sorry I been in the real world ! 70 % out of wedlock babies, 50 % of black males with criminal records, 42% of violent crimes, etc, etc.

    • NoMoreExcuses

      How realist am I to know the truth about negroes, you mean? I’m grown, and unlike you, my eyes, my ears and my mind are open. 13% of the population, responsible for 50+% of the crime? I’d say Typical Negro Shenanigans.

  • Robertlew

    Typical Black family ! Do you want them as your neighbors ? How many priors do they have ?

    • nathan

      Listen, I’d pork all three of ’em.

  • NL123

    Another black crime. Jeez get a job lady

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