Overland Park woman admits to stealing thousands in large-scale clothing case
On Tuesday, 46-year-old Kelli Bauer accepted her wrongdoing that she stole thousands of dollars in clothing from area retailers.
She was charged in 2015 when the cops searched her home where she had a large amount of stolen merchandise.
Court documents reveal that the investigation was started after Overland Park police found a Facebook posting for the sale of “high-end” clothing. The cops pretended as buyers and they contacted Bauer to visit the sale. After they went to her home, they found multiple pieces of clothing, which had store stickers and price tags on the clothing. The detectives began following her and saw her stealing items from several stores.
She pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to a felony charge of theft between $25,000 and $100,000 and 2 misdemeanor counts of theft of less than $1,000.
Her sentencing is scheduled for 20th of July.
It was not the first time she is convicted of any crime as she has 2 prior theft convictions. Back in 2007, she was charged with a felony for stealing clothing and merchandise from 3 stores in Overland Park within the time duration of 72 hours. She later pleaded guilty to 2 reduced charges of misdemeanor criminal deprivation of property and was placed on probation.
In 2013, she was again charged for stealing clothes from an Olathe retailer. Court document showed that she was placed on probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.