Man Accused Of Leaving Children Behind While Stealing Meat, Margaritas From Store


UPDATED: Thursday October 11, 2012 6:21 PM

Police are still looking for Shelby L. Bell, 46, who allegedly left two children in his care in a vehicle in a grocery store parking lot while he took food and drinks from the store.
 
Bell is accused of stealing $196 of meat products and margarita mix from a Giant Eagle on South Hamilton Road on June 9.
 
According to police, Bell ran away when he was approached by store security.

He allegedly left behind a 12- and 9-year-old behind. The other may have been his friend.

According to the Columbus City Attorney's Office, one child referred to Bell as his stepfather.

Authorities said they contacted Bell and told him the kids were going to be transferred to children services if he did not return.

"Mr. Bell must have left his shame behind long before he left those kids behind," said Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick.  "I'm still trying to figure out what kind of person brings kids along to watch him steal a cart-full of groceries and then leaves them behind when he's caught."
 
Bell has a history of criminal acts, according to Hedrick.
 
Bell, who also uses the alias "Tony R. Johnson," spent most of the 1990s behind bars.
 
Anyone with information on Bell is asked to contact Hedrick, who leads the fugitive apprehension program on City Attorney Pfeiffer's behalf, at 614.645.8874 or brhedrick@columbus.gov.

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