The security guards were watching the monitors in the store. Usually it’s just people browsing and the usual stuff. Very rarely did the store ever have theft. Both men were about to take a coffee break but they noticed something funny on camera four. They noticed a little boy all by himself.
One security guard decided he would go find out what was going on with this little boy, and where his parents were. As he approached the little boy quickly stuck something in his pocket. He looked at the security guard and started crying. “I don’t wanna steal, but my mommys making me” he cried.
The guard looks around and then back to the kid, who couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6. He said “It’s ok buddy, what’s your name?” The boy responded “Steven” through his sobs. You don’t have to steal. Why don’t you show me what you took?” Steven looked at him and through the tears said “I can’t I’ll get in trouble. They will take my mommy away again.” The guard looked around again seeing if Steven’s parents would come forward. They didn’t. “They are waiting for me outside. I have to go.” said Steven. who turned to walk away still crying. Clearly he was very upset, so the guard said “I won’t take it from you, you can still take it to your mom ok. Just let me see what you took.” Steven turned around “Promise not to take it. My mom would be real mad if you did.” the guard nodded.
Steven reached into his pocket and pulled out a credit card, actually a handful of them. “How did you get these?” The guard asked. “Steven replied “people leave their purses in their shopping carts and then leave their cart to go get stuff. I go and I take them when they aren’t looking.” Steven smiled “My mommy’s gonna be real proud of me.”
Clearly the guard couldn’t let him take them. “Hey I am gonna take you outside to your parents ok buddy.” he stuck his hand out so Steven could grab it. Steven took his hand and said “I am gonna get in trouble?” The guard replied “let’s just go find your mommy, ok.” So Steven led the way outside to the car his parents were sitting in. When his parents looked up his mom said “Oh my God you found our little boy! We were so worried about him! Come Steven we must be going now.”
The guard replied “Not so fast. You clearly weren’t worried enough to go back inside and look for him. Also I can’t let you leave. I know what is in his pockets.” The mother said “we just got back to the car and were about to go look for him. As far as his pockets I have no idea what you are talking about.” She was clearly trying to get back into the car as fast as possible. “Ma’am if you don’t know what I am talking about then you won’t mind if I take what’s in his pockets then.” The mom looked horrified and looked at her son. “Why you little shit. How could you tell him what you took. You are gonna make them take mommy away from you. You’re gonna go back to foster care. No one likes a rat.” She was back in her seat and his parents were just gonna drive away and leave him there. Luckily before they could gun it out of the parking lot two cop cars showed up.
The guard bent down and said “Steven, give me the cards ok. We will figure this out. Things will be ok.” Steven when back to crying. He did as he was told while his parents were being arrested. Then one of the officers noticed a little scar on his cheek. He came over to talk to Steven. “You did a very good thing kid. I’m Officer Philip. What’s your name?” Steven looked at him sniffling “Steven.” The cop pulled a picture up on his phone and knew. He said “Hey Steven, I think I know just who to leave you with while your parents come talk with us. Ok.”
Steven nodded. The cop took his hand and they headed for his police car. Steve got to ride shotgun. He instantly cheered up when he saw all the buttons and heard the crackle of the radio. The cop got into the car and they drove down to the station. “Steven I gotta make a call real quick ok. I’ll be right back stay with Office Denny for a minute. I bet if you ask nicely she will buy you some candy.” Philip said winking at the Officer. She took Steven’s hand and led him into a room with a couch. “Do you want anything to eat or drink?” He looked at her and said “Officer Philip said I could have candy, I really like chocolate.” She replied “Me to. Are peanut butter cups ok?” Steven nodded. She could see Philip on the phone.
She knew he was informing the boys parents that they had found him. He was on the missing persons list for 3 years. The little scar under his eye was really the only indicator that this was the missing boy. “Here is some candy and here’s some water” She said. She knew that getting his DNA would be paramount. They had to have this confirmed before they started calling people child snatchers. Although the people he thought were his parents were not the best people, he might have actually been theirs.
A couple of days later the results were in and Steven was reunited with his real parents. Not only were the people pretending to be his parents arrested with theft and identity theft they were also charged with kidnapping. Steven was unsure at first but eventually warmed up to his actual parents. He never had to steal again.