June 24. 2013 7:32AM

Mothers with babies in strollers accused of shoplifting



HOOKSETT – Two Manchester women, pushing strollers with their babies in them, are accused of shoplifting at Walmart and then running into some woods to elude arrest.

Crystal Gosselin and Sarah Britton, both 24, were apprehended shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday in a wooded area behind the Irving gas station at 28 West River Road, police said.

The women were stopped by a loss prevention officer at the store, but police said they were uncooperative and fled into the woods pushing the young children in the strollers.

An officer drove to an unmaintained road behind the gas station where he saw the two women pushing the strollers. Police said when the women saw the cruiser and its blue light, they started running with the strollers but were apprehended soon after.

Police said the women shoplifted a variety of items from the store, placing them into diaper bags attached to the strollers.

Both are charged with willful concealment, simple assault, disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence and resisting arrest.

The infants were released to family members, police said.

They are being held on $6,000 cash and $1,000 personal recognizance bail at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen pending video arraignment Monday in 6th Circuit Court, Hooksett District Division.