PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A local woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Walmart at the same time the man tasked with watching her children in the car was arrested for snorting drugs in their presence.
Erica Faith Kamm-Cohen, 26, and Ralph Michael Walther, 26, were arrested Tuesday as both were involved in separate incidents inside and outside of a local Walmart, according to the TCPalm. Kamm-Cohen was charged with grand theft, resisting an officer, obstruction without violence, and possession/use of drug equipment. Walther was charged with child neglect.
Local authorities were called to the scene when the Walmart manager noticed Kamm-Cohen behaving in a suspicious manner in the store’s electronics department. She reportedly picked up over $900 in merchandise, then left the store without paying.
The police detained Kamm-Cohen upon their arrival. When they located her car, they discovered a seemingly intoxicated Walther in the passenger seat and two unidentified children in the back, who police later found to be Kamm-Cohen’s daughters.
Walther confessed that he had inhaled oxycodone through a tube made out of a $1 bill, the TCPalm reported. The vehicle was allegedly the property of his mother.
Police also found other drug paraphernalia on Kamm-Cohen.
Her daughters are reportedly in the care of Kamm-Cohen’s mother. Walther’s mother had her vehicle returned to her possession after the incident.