This is the shocking moment a woman is caught on CCTV using her eight-year-old daughter to help shoplift electrical goods.
The woman was spotted on security cameras removing security tags from a DVD player at a branch of Tesco’s.
She is then seen encouraging her young accomplice to pick the £50 machine off the shelf and walk out of the store.
The girl – aged around eight – is seen leaving the shop in Plymouth, Devon, with the goods under her arm.
Police say they believe the girl is the daughter of the woman who they have branded ”despicable”.
Pc Paul Coppola said: ”It’s despicable to use a child in this way. It is very unusual. If caught, the woman would be prosecuted.
”But if the child is as young as she appears, she is under the age of criminal responsibility. In that case she would be referred to social services.”
The woman, who was wearing grey bottoms and a cardigan, was spotted at the store at 1.35pm on June 3.
Her accomplice, of large build and with mousy hair, also walked out the store with a protective case for the DVD player worth £15.