Woman allegedly shoplifting at Florida store when her vehicle with children inside explodes into fireball

A Florida woman on an alleged shoplifting excursion inside a retail store at a local mall was arrested after her car burst into flames in the shopping mall parking lot with her two young children left inside of it.

The incident went down on May 26 at the Oviedo Mall near Orlando where 24-year-old Alicia Moore and an unidentified male left the two kids “who could not care for themselves” unattended in the vehicle while they went inside a Dillard’s department store where they allegedly stole merchandise, according to the police report.

After about an hour, Moore left the store to return to the parking lot only to see the car engulfed in a fireball, dropping her loot and running to the vehicle which police later determined had been stolen.

(Video: Fox 35 Orlando)

Bystanders were able to successfully rescue the children, a two and four-year-old who likely ignited the blaze that nearly roasted them alive while playing with a lighter or matches, according to officials.

“There’s a car, um, I don’t know, somehow is on fire outside in the parking lot at Dillards, um, and there’s two kids and a mom,” a woman told a dispatcher in one of the 911 calls that were released.

Fortunately, the kids were safe although they were both injured in the fire with one suffering first-degree burns to the face and ears, and were taken to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital where police soon discovered that their mom had outstanding warrants for other crimes in addition to the arson that she was charged with for the vehicle blaze.

According to the police report, “Alicia Moore was arrested in Orange County (Orlando PD) on 05/26/2023 for outstanding warrants in other counties unrelated to this event. While in custody at the Orange County Jail, she was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse and Arson for an incident that occurred on the same date, within the City Limits of Oveido.”

“While inside Dillards, Loss Prevention observed Moore and another unknown male begin to shoplift items. They were watched by security for approximately one hour,” the charging affidavit states. “After approximately one hour, Moore began to exit the Dillard’s only to see her vehicle engulfed in flames. She dropped the stolen merchandise prior to exiting the establishment.”

“Since the fire occurred during the commission of a felony by Moore, she is being charged accordingly with Arson,” the document reads.

Police said that the vehicle, a 2016 white Lincoln, was completely totaled, leaving no identifying marks, according to the affidavit.

“She’s being charged with the arson because she did leave the kids alone in the car with some sort of lighter or matches,” City of Oveido Communications Manager Lisa McDonald told reporters. “I don’t know what it was that set the car on fire but the children are her responsibilities.”

“Moore has additionally been charged with grand theft twice, firstly for allegedly shoplifting about $1,000 worth of merchandise at a Target in 2017 and secondly for allegedly stealing $1,500 in gift cards from the 7-11 where she worked in 2018, according to court records,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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