Drop 5th Degree Theft Charges and issue an apology
  • Petitioned Von Maur Department Store

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Von Maur Department Store

Drop 5th Degree Theft Charges and issue an apology

    1. Joshua  Dell
    2. Petition by

      Joshua Dell

      Houston, TX

Rosie Lee Sanders is an 87 year old grandmother and well known member of the Waterloo, IA community. On Friday, April 13, 2012 she was shopping in Von Maur with her daughter; she was happy to be out of the house enjoying herself as she has had terrible health issues over the last few months. While browsing in Von Maur, Mrs. Sanders began looking at a particular necklace at the jewlrey counter. She chatted with the sales associate, whom has waited on her numerous times before, and realized she had gotten separated from her daughter. She asked the associate to page her and continued browsing while she waited. When she reconnected with her daughter, she asked Mrs. Sanders if she was ready to leave and she replied "yes". They headed to the stores entry way, pausing to look at a few more items, and Mrs. Sanders sat on the store bench to wait on her daughter to pull the car around. While waiting, she was approached by Lost Prevention and was arrested all while holding the necklace that she forgot was in her hand. They escorted her to a back room and would not allow her daughter to be present to discuss the situation to explain that Mrs. Sanders has health and memory issues. We are asking your help in getting these charges dropped before she is set to appear in court on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9am. Thank you, the family of Rosie Sanders.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Mrs. Sanders has been hospitalized at Convenant due to her strees and bp

      Joshua  Dell
      Petition Organizer

      Mrs. Sanders already had stress and blood pressure issues prior to this incident. To be hospitalized as a result of this store's ignorance is very unfortunate and unnecessary.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Betty Kee CHANNELVIEW, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because it is WRONG to press charges on an 87 year old pillar of any community due to a mistake. Not to mention put that person in jail. I don't want this to happen again!

    • Sherrie Jones WATERLOO, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      No Weapon formed against her shall prosper Mo. Sanders has no need to steal her Father is rich and she depends on Him for her needs

    • LaTanya Graves WATERLOO, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's a disgrace and shame that they did not approach her to remind her she had the necklace in her hand, but waited to approach her once she left the store, how very cruel. I've done this many times at different stores in the crossroads mall going from department to department trying to match shoes, jewelry, etc. This is 2012 and Von Maur store and staff need to be called on the carpet for this one. I keep shaking my head in disbelief, I'm truly at a loss for words!!

    • Joanna Ramsden-Meier WATERLOO, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      We all make poor judgements from time to time. It is Von Maur's time to own their poor judgement in this situation.

    • Beverly Hatchett SPRING, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because after reading, This store is disrespectful to our elders. I know this family and they are very good people. All charges should be dropped.


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