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Exclusive video: mom accused of stealing liquor, driving while impaired is caught on tape
Caught on tape- 13 Wham News has obtained exclusive video of a Livingston County mother arrested Sunday for stealing liquor then driving under the influence. Police say she was on her way to pick up her six-year-old daughter from a birthday party.
"It's sad, really sad," said Lynn Emmerling who owns the liquor store in Honeoye, Ontario County where the alleged theft occurred. She cues up security camera video to 3 p.m. Sunday to show much of the alleged theft was caught on tape.
The camera shows a woman in yellow enter the store and head to the shelves immediately inside. She picks up a magnum bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey and heads around to the other side of the store.
The clerk inside is busy with other customers. Several minutes later the same camera catches the woman putting the bottle of liquor into a large tote bag. Police identify the woman as 32-year-old Jaime Rossborough of Livonia.
The video also shows the clerk walk over to the shelf with the missing liquor- then have a discussion with the woman in yellow. "We have to keep track of our sales daily and he knew he didn't sell it," said Emmerling.
After being confronted by the clerk- the woman in yellow left in a hurry- driving so erratically she nearly struck the car of another customer. That customer called police not once, but twice.
The first time from the parking lot - the second time after coming upon the vehicle again. It was parked awkwardly a quarter of a mile up the street - the driver slumped over the wheel.
Emmerling also drove to the CVS and met police. "They found the liquor hidden in a box on the floor of the back seat," she said.
Rossborough would not come to the door at her home Monday. The man who came to the door called it a simple traffic accident. "I don't think there's anything to talk about really," he said.
A friend spoke with 13 Wham News and asked not to be identified. He wanted us to know Rossborough has two children ages three and six. "I think she's a great mother," he said. "She just has these issues with (abusing) these substances."
Neither child was in the car at the time. Rossborough has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and child protective services is now on the case.
Back at Honeoye Lake Wine and Liquor signs warn shoplifters will be prosecuted. It tallies the number of arrests so far. Yesterday the number nine was crossed out, and a 10 added. "If people think I won't have them arrested for stealing, they're wrong," said Emmerling.
But she adds, "It was sad that she was going to pick up her child. Very, very sad."