Leesburg woman caught stealing clothes from thrift store

Christina Joy Redding

A Leesburg woman with multiple retail theft convictions is back in jail after she was caught stealing from a second-hand clothing store.

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, a Leesburg police officer responded to an ongoing retail theft report at Sprout Fitters Children’s Resale, located at 10601 U.S. Highway 441. A security employee at the store was holding a white woman who was screaming and trying leave, according to the police report.

The woman has been identified as Christina Joy Redding, 35, of 11100 Sycamore Lane #20. She had been observed hiding clothes in her white handbag, according to the report.

The officer asked Redding to empty the contents of her purse and she pulled out some clothes that were still clearly marked/labeled as company property. The items included a necklace, a ring, an undergarment, a tank top, a one-piece dress, and a skirt. The total value of the items was $82.32, according to the report.

A criminal background check showed Redding was convicted of retail theft in December 2016 and October 2020. She was placed under arrest without incident. While still at the store, she felt remorse for concealing and attempting to steal the items, and asked the business not to press charges, according to the report.

Redding was taken to the Leesburg Police Department for booking. While there, she confirmed that she concealed the items with the intention of stealing them. She also said that after the security worker caught her at the store, she told them she would buy the items she had hidden, according to the report.

Redding was charged with retail theft (two or more prior convictions) and taken to the Lake County Jail, where she is being held on $2,000 bond. She will appear in Lake County Court on September 12.

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