The Milford Police Department's first 'Milford Shoplifter's' press release that came out on Feb. 27 included the arrest of Amber Vaughn and her mother Delores Shahan, which the department called “a terrible mistake.”
The Milford Police Department’s first ‘Milford Shoplifter’s’ press release that came out on Feb. 27 included the arrest of Amber Vaughn and her mother Delores Shahan, which the department called “a terrible mistake.”
Vaughn and Shahan were improperly identified as suspects after the Milford police obtained video from the Milford Walmart of two females shoplifting in the store and the tag number from the vehicle they used to leave in. Vaughn has cooperated in identifying the correct suspects in the case.
As soon as the public information officer was made aware of the error, ‘Milford’s Shoplifters’ post was removed from the website and social media.
All charges on Vaughn and Shahan have been dismissed and the arrest will be expunged from the record. The Milford Police Department apologized to Vaughn and Shahan for the mistake.
To ensure that a mistake like this will not happen again, Milford police are developing a new procedure for investigations, leading to arrest, of late reported shoplifting cases.