Cops: Grandmother steals toys from donation bin

An Atlanta woman was arrested after she was caught stealing toys from a donation bin, a gallon of hand soap and 10 rolls of toilet paper.

Sheila Ann Matthews, 63, was arrested Friday morning when she was caught in the act at a medical building on Whitcher Street in Marietta, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Matthews allegedly took four toys from a collection bin and told police they were for her grandchildren, Officer Dave Baldwin with Marietta police said Tuesday.

“Said accused did admit to stealing the contents of a Christmas toy donation bin located in front of Poole Pharmacy,” her arrest warrant states.

Inside the building, Matthews allegedly stole hand soap and toilet paper, the warrant states. Matthews allegedly filled an empty cooking oil bottle with a gallon of hand soap from inside a doctor’s office bathroom, where she also grabbed 10 rolls of toilet paper, according to police.

Matthews was charged with two counts of theft by taking and remained late Tuesday in the Cobb County jail, where she was being held on $7,500 bond, booking records show.

A previously convicted felon, Matthews spent a year in prison after her conviction on cocaine charges, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. She was released from prison in February 2005.

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