Woman relieved she didn’t purchase clothes from suspected large-scale shoplifter

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A 45-year-old Overland Park woman is facing a felony theft charge. Johnson County prosecutors say Kelli Jo Bauer had a large amount of stolen clothes and home goods at her home.

Brianne Hillman, who almost purchased clothes from Bauer, said she is relived she didn’t.

“I remember she had some Ralph Lauren stuff for boys that I thought about purchasing from her at one time,” she said. “I wish her the best and hope she can get the help that she needs."

Hillman told FOX 4 Bauer and her were in a Facebook group for moms who have twins or triplets.

“She’s always been a very nice lady, obviously we have twins and I always think a lot of my ‘mothers of multiples,’" she said.

Bauer was charged Friday with one count of felony theft, and is accused of stealing goods amounting to $100,000 or more.

Detectives ask you call them at (913) 715-3003 if you have done business with Bauer on Facebook swap-and-shops or through the online store, “My Retro Baby, LLC.” A detective on the case says you will not have to hand over the items, and you will not be in trouble if you didn’t know the items were stolen when you purchased them.

Bauer bonded out of jail at about 5 p.m. on Friday, and is free. She’s been ordered to stay out of retail stores and remain on GPS-tracked house arrest.

She is due back in court April 9.



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