Police: 10-year-old boy convinced to help steal from South Euclid Walmart

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 11:10:22-04

A man inside Walmart was seen using a box cutter to take items out of their packaging and handing them off to two others to steal, one of them being a 10-year-old boy.

A Walmart Asset Protection employee told South Euclid police he saw a man, later identified as David Taylor, using a box cutter in the toy section of the store located at 1868 Warrensville Center Road. Taylor then placed the items into Jacquline Williamson's purse while she watched to make sure no one was looking, according to officers.

Three children and a friend were at the store along with Taylor and Williamson. 

Police said at one point Taylor was seen taking watches out of their packages and giving them a 10-year-old boy to put in his pockets.

The items taken during the incident totaled $171.79. The items included:

  • 2 Gallon Milk: $2.78
  • Catalina bathing suit $16.48
  • OP swimsuit $.8.84
  • Catalina bathing suit bottom $9.96
  • Catalina bathing suit top $9.96
  • 18-volt drill $49.88
  • Analog watch $14.00
  • Analog watch $14.00
  • Analog watch $14.00
  • Men's watch $29.92
  • Wire clippers $1.97

Police detained Taylor who admitted to stealing the items and said Williamson and the boy were only involved because he convinced them to help.

After a check into criminal history, police found Williamson did not have previous offenses. She was cited with theft and released.

A check into Taylor's history, however, found an extensive list, including several cycles of possession of criminal tools, burglary and many other violent and non-violent crimes. Taylor also had a warrant for his arrest for a violation probation on a felony assault case.

Taylor was taken back to South Euclid Police Department for booking and given three citations for theft, contributing to the delinquency of a child and possession of criminal tools. He was then taken to the Euclid Jail.