Woman accused of making kids steal

By: Staff Report

UNION — A Union woman is facing charges for allegedly making three children steal cell phones and two other women are accused of beating her up.

Kinsley Marie Gray, 20, 610 North Church Street, Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with two counts of shoplifting $2,000 or less, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and giving false information to law enforcement.

The incident report states that on Tuesday, May 30, an officer was at 513 North Duncan Bypass, Union, (Walmart) to pick up a video from an incident on Sunday, May 28 when he was informed by the store’s loss prevention officer informed him that a woman and three children had just shoplifted two cell phones. It states the officer began an investigation into the incident.

The report lists Gray as a suspect with a warrant issued for her arrest.

A total of six warrants were issued for Gray’s arrest, two of them for shoplifting items valued at $2,000 or less. One of the warrants states Gray coerced a 6-year-old juvenile into shoplifting a ZTE cell phone while the second states she coerced a 10-year-old into shoplifting a ZTE cell phone as well.

Three of the warrants are for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, stating, respectively, that she coerced the 6-year-old, the 10-year-old, and an 11-year-old into stealing or shoplifting a cell phone.

The last warrant is for giving false information to law enforcement and states that Gray gave a false address to law enforcement personnel investigating the shoplifting incident in order to avoid arrest or criminal charges.

Gray was taken into custody on Thursday, June 1.

Union Public Safety Director Sam White said that none of the three children were Gray’s.

While she is the suspect in the May 30 incident at Walmart, Gray is the victim in another incident investigated by the Public Safety Department this week.

Victoria Brannon Martin, 27, 105 Arthur Boulevard, Union, and Falisha Shantey Jeter, 26, 259 James H. Young Street, Spartanburg, are both charged by the Union Public Safety Department with assault and battery.

The incident report states that on Tuesday, May 30, an officer was dispatched to a residence on Highland Drive in reference to an assault. When the officer arrived, the report states he spoke with Gray who was sitting in a gold Honda and told him she needed to go to the hospital. The officer told Gray EMS was on the way and then asked her what had happened.

The report states Gray said that Martin and Jeter came to the residence on Highland Drive and jumped on her because of an incident at Walmart. It states Gray said Martin and Jeter hit her in the nose, the eye, and the back of her head.

The report states Gray was taken to Union Medical Center by Union County EMS.

The officer then questioned a resident of the house on Highland Drive who said Martin and Jeter came there, jumped on Gray, and then left in a blue jeep.

The report states the officer then went to Union Medical Center and spoke to Gray and took pictures of her nose and eye. It further states the officer would sign warrants based on his investigation.

The warrants for Martin and Jeter state they hit Gray in the face causing her to seek medical attention.

Martin and Jeter were both taken into custody on Thursday, June 1.



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