The 28-year-old woman ran from the store and was found hiding in a car in the Visalia Mall parking lot. Her name hasn't been released.
Visalia police say the woman was in Macy's on Sunday night with her 1-year-old and 2-year-old daughters and two adult friends when she was spotted shoplifting.
Employees tried to stop the woman but she broke away, leaving the youngest daughter in a stroller and the older girl behind.
The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/UGY6Py) says the woman was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary, child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine, being under the influence of a narcotic and an outstanding felony warrant.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com