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Suspected shoplifter claims to be a Cosby kid

Published January 3, 2012 4:00 pm

Police • Woman allegedly stole nearly $600 in merchandise from Provo mall.
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Provo • A Provo woman arrested on suspicion of shoplifting reportedly told police she was one of Bill Cosby's co-stars in the 1980s.

The 32-year-old woman, Leah Efay Davis, told police that she owned the Provo Towne Centre Mall, was eight months pregnant and played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," according to documents filed in 4th District Court.

Rudy, the youngest child of Cosby's Dr. Cliff Huxtable, was actually played by Keisha Knight Pulliam.

Police said Davis was seen at the JC Penny store placing several items into a store bag. She then walked out of the store into the mall without paying. Store security stopped her and brought her back, and found $591.26 worth of merchandise in her bag, reports stated.

She was charged with an enhanced third-degree felony count of retail theft because of prior shoplifting convictions, and class B misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Davis is being held at the Utah County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash-or-bond bail. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 9 with Judge Claudia Laycock.

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