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Mother, son and pet dog attempt to rob Wisconsin Walmart

Posted at 12:28 PM, Apr 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-13 15:29:59-04

EAU CLAIRE, WISC. — A woman, her adult son, and a dog named "Bo" caused quite the scene in an Eau Claire, Wisconsin Walmart on April 11.

According to a post on the Eau Claire Police Department's Facebook page, they responded to a Walmart shopping center for reports of a theft.

When they arrived, officers found 46-year-old Lisa Smith screaming in the store's entryway trying to catch her dog, Bo.

While Smith was in the front of the store, her 25-year-old son, Benny Vann, was allegedly naked and exposing himself to customers in the clothing section of the store.

In the course of their investigation, officers discovered that Smith, Vann and an unleashed Bo entered the Walmart around 8:30 p.m.

"While Bo ran up to customers, Smith erratically started pulling apart store displays and placing them in her cart," Eau Claire PD's Facebook post reads.

Smith was asked to leave the store by employees, and headed to the parking lot to perform "karate moves," police say.

Bo, still unleashed and on the loose in the store, grabbed a box of Jiffy Corn Bread Muffin Mix and attempted to leave the store, according to police.

Police arrested Smith in the parking lot, but say she did fight with officers and attempt to "kick out a window" on a responding squad car.

As Smith was being arrested, her son, Vann, moved to the back of the store and began to remove his clothing, police say. He also began to take clothing off the racks, but had no intention of purchasing said clothing, according to police.

"When officers approached Vann, he refused to stop and attempted to run over an officer with his scooter," the Facebook post notes. However, an officer was able to physically stop Vann's scooter and arrest him.

Eau Claire Police say Smith was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, resisting arrest, and misdemeanor bail jumping.

Vann was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft.

Bo was caught by responding officers and taken to the Humane Association.

"The dog was not charged," police said. "We issued him a warning for the theft."