Johnson County Sheriff

Shoplifting lands affluent JOCO woman a prison sentence

Kelli Jo Bauer peddled stolen items out of her million dollar home

March 24, 2017 - 3:52 pm

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - An affluent suburban Kansas City woman with a history of shoplifting has been ordered to spend a year and seven months in prison for the thefts.

Kelli Jo Bauer, 47, of Overland Park, Kansas, also was ordered Friday in Kansas' Johnson County to pay more than $22,000 in restitution to merchants.

Bauer has admitted she stole tens of thousands of dollars of clothing and merchandise she was peddling out of her nearly $1 million home.

Bauer had two prior Johnson County theft convictions when she was charged in 2015 with felony theft. That was after police who searched her home found a large amount of stolen merchandise.

In November 2016, she was charged again after stealing bras from a Lenexa department store.

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