GOOD Morning America’s Janai Norman was arrested for stealing $418 worth of designer clothes from a department store during her crazy college years, The Sun exclusively reported.
According to an Illinois police report uncovered by The Sun, Janai, now 33, was arrested at the upscale department store Von Maur in March 2009, when the office’s new face anchored GMA was just a sophomore at the University of Missouri.
In her photo, Janai, who was only 20 at the time, wore a school sweatshirt and a nose ring.
According to the police report, the presenter and a second young woman “entered the dressing rooms, each with six pieces of clothing.
“When they left the fitting rooms, they had no clothes in their hands, and brought nothing back to the sales area.”
No merchandise was left in their dressing rooms either, according to the report.
Janai and the second woman “went past all the outlets without offering payment for the items and exited through the south gates.”
It was then that Von Maur’s loss prevention team caught up with the women and they were arrested.
According to the report, they were taken to the store’s offices where they both recognized the theft and returned the stolen items.
“Janai had a pair of MEK jeans, two Lacoste tops, two pieces of a bikini swimsuit and a one piece swimsuit in her purse. The total value of the items she took was 418.50 $”, says the report.
The responding police officer said, “Both apologized for attempting to steal the clothes and wanted a second chance. They both provided written statements admitting to the theft.”
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Once in custody, Janai and the second young woman told the officer “They had never shoplifted before and never would again”.
They were both charged with retail theft.
Court records revealed that Janai was eventually sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
She did not have to pay any court fines, according to court records.
NEW JOB, NEW FIELD
With her crazy college years behind her, Janai’s future looks bright.
The new GMA presenter, who started her hosting gig last weekend, invested $2.2 million with her husband Charlie for a gorgeous estate in the exclusive suburb of Montclair, New Jersey, in May .
As The Sun previously revealed, the beautiful colonial anchor mansion has more than 13,000 square feet of living space, and the home sits on nearly an acre of private property in Montclair, where Janai will be able to travel easily to New York for his work at the GMA Press Office.
Janai, who has two children with husband Charlie, will have plenty of space for her family with the home’s generous six bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, as well as a three-car garage.
She kindly thanked her husband as she finished her first weekend of work.
“I also have to give my husband a quick thank you. When I met him, he said, ‘Stay with me, kid, I’ll take you. You were right Charlie. I like you.
During her debut, fans gushed over Janai.
One fan tweeted, “I LOVE Janai and I’m so happy she’s a permanent fixture at GMA Weekends! I always miss Rob Marciano.
“He was SO funny with the weekend squad and wondering why he wasn’t around so much anymore.”
Another fan added, “I’m crying as I watch Janai Norman’s tribute to celebrate her appointment to the GMA weekend anchor office. Congratulations @janai!
“Can’t wait to watch!”
Janai shares the news desk with Whit Johnson and news anchor Eva Pilgrim.
During the morning show, viewers claimed to have noticed a spark of tension between the weekend presenters.
Whit Johnson turned to his new co-presenter and said, “It’s like the TV equivalent of putting a ring on it.”
Her comment referred to the promise of something like an engagement or wedding ring.
GMA fans slammed Whit’s “rude” comment as one viewer ranted, “Was that a rude comment coming from Whit already? Come on, it’s just his first day!”