FORT WALTON BEACH — A woman who allegedly shoplifted clothing from Walmart was eventually tracked down with the help of children in a nearby neighborhood.



Mary Thompson, who has no known address, ran from loss prevention officers at the store after they tried to stop her, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.


She left the store, jumped fences and hid in yards to avoid OCSO deputies, who responded to a call about the theft.


She was eventually found hiding in the backyard of a home on Greystone Lane, a street located behind Winn-Dixie, after four children told deputies where to find her, OCSO said.


"She apparently asked the youngsters to be quiet, but they stepped up and did the right thing, earning Jr. Deputy Badges! Well done and thank you!," according to a Facebook post by OCSO.


Thompson is charged with petty theft second offense, resisting without violence, and possession of a controlled substance due to a syringe with methamphetamine in her back pack.