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Facebook live showdown leads to Penryn child endangerment arrest

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A Sacramento homeless woman was arrested after a North Auburn Home Depot shoplifting report that led to a tense traffic stop.

The woman was jailed on a suspicion of stealing a power tool from the store and endangering a child in the car she was driving when she failed to follow instructions from a deputy after the vehicle was stopped in Penryn.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Rosaline Monique Thomas was stopped at the Penryn 76 gas station and ordered with other people in the car to stay inside while the deputy waited for backup. The stop followed a report that a vehicle matching the description of the car had fled the scene of the theft.

“Thomas stepped out of the car, despite multiple orders to stay inside,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “She was uncooperative and screaming at the deputies.”

Thomas reached back into the car and pulled out a cell phone, while yelling she was going to record the event on Facebook live, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from Home Depot, resisting an officer and child endangerment for having her minor child in the car during the commission of a crime, the Sheriff’s Office reported. She has since been released from the jail.

The Sheriff’s Office report included a reminder for people involved in a vehicle stop to follow deputy orders.