A mother who used her teen daughter as the get-away driver for her most recent shoplifting spree will serve a month in jail.
The woman, Tammy Star Murphy, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on charges of criminal trespass, theft, and contributing to the delinquency of a child. She was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, perform 16 hours public service work, make restitution, undergo a mental health assessment, and must stay out of Walmart.
Lawmen say Murphy is a repeat offender when it comes to stealing and has been banned from Walmarts for past crimes. The banning did not dissuade her from again entering Walmart, this time at the McMinnville store where she was seen shoplifting.
Her 17-year-old daughter was pulled over after lawmen were given a description of the suspect vehicle which had left Walmart.
“I informed Ms. Murphy of why I had stopped her and I was aware of what she had done,” said Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, noting he also let her know he knew about her prior record of thefts. “She voluntarily admitted to having stolen merchandise inside her vehicle from two Walmarts.”
Along with finding stolen items in her car, lawmen were given permission to search her home on Mt. Zion Road. It was there, lawmen found a large amount of items she allegedly stole from Walmart over time.
“While at the residence, approximately 150 items were confiscated by the THP, McMinnville Police Department and Manchester Police Department,” the trooper said. “They totaled in the thousands of dollars.”
Among the items found included, but were not limited to, a PlayStation video game, cellphone, clothing, game controllers, ear buds, toys, candles, CDs and bath kits.
Officers say Murphy used her daughter to assist in the thefts, noting it was the 17-year-old behind the wheel when they were pulled over moments after victimizing Walmart.