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.