Accused Bloomingdale's Thief Used Stroller as Battering Ram, Report Says

By Andrea Swalec on December 31, 2011 10:15am 

A Bronx woman allegedly tried to shoplift in the SoHo location of Bloomingdale's. The Upper East Side location is pictured.
A Bronx woman allegedly tried to shoplift in the SoHo location of Bloomingdale's. The Upper East Side location is pictured.
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MANHATTAN — A Bronx woman accused of trying to steal more than $4,000 in goods from SoHo's swanky Bloomingdale's store allegedly used her 2-year-old daughter as a battering ram as she tried to flee from store guards, police sources told the New York Post.

Senegalese immigrant Jainaba Cham, 32, was arrested at the 504 Broadway store around 8:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 26, after store security guards allegedly caught her with a bag containing six coats, a sweater, a pair of leggings and a scarf, according to the criminal complaint.

When guards confronted Cham for the alleged theft, she rammed her daughter's stroller into their legs, the Post reported. The 2-year-old was in the stroller at the time.

While Cham and the 2-year-old were inside the store, Cham left her 7-year-old son on the street with someone else, the complaint said. A store security guard told the Post that Cham left her son with a hat vendor she did not know.

The accused shoplifter is being held in Rikers on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond and faces felony grand larceny and misdemeanor child endangerment charges, court documents said.

Cham's lawyer did not immediately return calls requesting comment on the case.

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