Edmond Grandma Caught Shoplifting For Christmas Gifts Speaks Out - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Edmond Grandma Caught Shoplifting For Christmas Gifts Speaks Out

Posted: Updated:
Miller is accused of stealing almost $600 worth of clothes, toys and other items from the I-35 Wal-Mart in Edmond. Miller is accused of stealing almost $600 worth of clothes, toys and other items from the I-35 Wal-Mart in Edmond.
EDMOND, Oklahoma -

A grandmother was arrested for shoplifting in Edmond. But she said she did it to provide Christmas gifts to her grandchildren.

This is more than just a story about a woman caught stealing. It's about a woman desperately wanting a second chance with her daughter and grandchildren.

11/15/2013 Related Story: Police: Edmond Grandma Steals Wal-Mart Merchandise For Christmas Gifts

"I didn't want them to wake up Christmas morning and not have anything from grandma," said Darlene Young Miller.

Miller said she's not proud of what she's done. But said she felt like she had no other choice.

"I spent 23 years of my life locked up," said Miller. "And when I got out, I tried to get a job. But I couldn't get one because of my record. So I refused to let them wake up without Christmas. So I went to Wal-Mart, and got a bunch of gifts and got caught doing it."

Miller is accused of stealing almost $600 worth of clothes, toys and other items from the I-35 Wal-Mart in Edmond.

The grandmother has been in jail before for numerous things, and her daughter told News 9 she's had a very hard life. And this was to be her first Christmas with her grandchildren.

"She's never been able to give my kids Christmas," said her daughter, Jonelle Young. "She's just wanted to go out and help us, and kind of take the load off and give her grandkids Christmas this year."

Miller said most days, she just lives out of her car, and tries to find someone to hire her.

"I might sweep a sidewalk, or clean a parking lot for gas money to keep myself warm at night," said Miller. "Really there's nowhere for me to turn."

She said had she had the money to pay for the items, she would have.

"And would have donated more if I'd had I," said Miller. "There's times that I took the last jacket off my back to give to somebody at the Jesus House because I know that god always blesses me."

Now she just hopes she can bless her grandchildren with more than just her presence.

Both Miller and her daughter actually help collect items to give to others in need. They post those items on a Facebook page called "Free Group" and we were actually there when they gave some items to another young mother in need.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive

Featured On News9.com

  • Consumer Watch

    Been a victim of a scam? The Consumer Watch team investigates and gives helpful advice.

  • Local News

    Get the latest breaking news, current events and headlines effecting Oklahomans.

  • My 2 Cents

    Join Kelly Ogle in a community conversation about important Oklahoma issues.

  • 9 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.