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Police: Father leaves kids in car in freezing weather while shoplifting

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Robert Collins (Source: LMDC) Robert Collins (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Theft is just the tip of the iceberg as to what a Louisville man is facing after a trip to WalMart Monday night as the bitter weather blew into Kentuckiana.

"It is very cold out here it is cutting through my jacket right now and I can't ride up enough even to make it feel warm right now," Rodney Beason said Monday night while describing the below-freezing temperatures.

While Kentuckiana tried to avoid the arctic blast, police say one man put his two children right in harm's way.

In court Tuesday morning, Robert Collins answered to charges about what detectives say he did inside the Standiford Plaza WalMart.

"The loss prevention officer actually witnessed Mr. Collins as he was walking out the door with three HD TV's in his cart," said LMPD Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.

Those TVs were valued at more than $1,000 but police say the more serious crime comes when officers tracked him down at his car.

"Mr. Collins had left his two children in his vehicle while he had gone into WalMart to shoplift. Those children were two boys, ages 5 and 2 and a half," Smiley said.

Two kids, left alone in a cold car, while their father went in to shoplift:  Collins responded to that claim in court Tuesday.

"The car was warm, I was only in there for five minutes," Collins said while in court Tuesday morning.

But the judge saw it much differently and didn't mince words, "Two and five is just too damn young to leave kids in a parking lot in today's society."

Collins stated he had a full time job during the court proceedings. His bond was set at $2,500. He is due back in court on February 1 and has been ordered to have no contact with his children until further notice.

No one responded when a WAVE 3 crew stopped by Collins's home; however a neighbor who didn't wish to be identified said she's been worried about the kids for awhile.

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