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8-year-old Caught On Video Stealing Packages In Florida

8-year-old caught on video stealing packages

An 8-year-old girl was caught on video stealing packages in Florida this week.

The little Grinch was filmed by her neighbors as she took packages from their doorsteps. The girl’s name has not been released and the local news station blurred out her face because she’s a minor. According to the NY Daily News, the little girl will not been charged with any crime.

But that doesn’t mean that the neighbors don’t want some sort of an apology.

Jessica Araujo, one of the 8-year-old’s victims, said that she doesn’t want the little girl to get into any trouble with police but she would like the parents to take some accountability.

Araujo said:

“We want something done, in the form of the parents stepping up to the plate, taking accountability and saying, ‘We’re sorry this happened to you and the other neighbors,’ maybe even having the child come over and apologize.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the 8-year-old girl stole packeges from at least three different homes. After the first couple of thefts the neighbors decided to set up a hidden camera to catch the thief. In total, the little girl stole thousands of dollars in holiday gifts.

Do you think the little girl will end up on the naughty list this year?

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53 Responses to “8-year-old Caught On Video Stealing Packages In Florida”

  1. Cathy Topping Monico

    I find it hard to believe that an 8 year old can show up at home with thousands of dollars in packages and the parents didn't know. I may be wrong, but I would not be surprised if they were involved. I also don't think it's a good idea to let her get away with it. Of course you don't want to put an 8 year old in jail, but some sort of community service or some type of volunteer work would make her remember not to do it again.

  2. Cija Foster

    They need to make THIS GIRL UNDERSTAND NOW how bad stealing is, teen yrs aren't far away.

  3. Larry N Doris Wheat

    I can remember breaking a neighbors window by accident. my parents made me go apologize and pay for it.. man it was hard but it worked wonders. kids today think the can do anything and get off with a good lawyer. take responsibilty its the only way to grow up.

  4. David Lightfoot

    Unfortunately, I have heard of parents teaching their kids to steal, giving them pointers, securing them with cameras for them to see if that's the particular item they want, etc. You see them walking into jewellery stores, department stores, and walking out with stuff at the parents instruction. If this is the case, then I think the parents should be charged, and the child should be in a loving yet authorative (sp?) foster home. Someone has to set her on the straight and narrow.

  5. Anonymous

    We had a lot of packages go missing in my building, one day I came home early and was keying into my apt, when I caught my neighbor her giving her kids instructions to walk around the buildinga nd look for packages from "anywhere good" in their native language. I turned around to her and said right back to her in native language "You do know that stealing mail is a federal offense, right" – she was so stunned she grabbed her kids and headed back in to the apartment. Just because I am white, doesn't mean I am not bilingual! I called the cops, and they questioned her, but she claimed she knew nothing, but the mail theft miraculously stopped.

  6. Anonymous

    We had a lot of packages go missing in my building, one day I came home early and was keying into my apt, when I caught my neighbor her giving her kids instructions to walk around the buildinga nd look for packages from "anywhere good" in their native language. I turned around to her and said right back to her in native language "You do know that stealing mail is a federal offense, right" – she was so stunned she grabbed her kids and headed back in to the apartment. Just because I am white, doesn't mean I am not bilingual! I called the cops, and they questioned her, but she claimed she knew nothing, but the mail theft miraculously stopped.

  7. William Moisson

    The girl is eight years old and therefore beyond the age of reason (7 y/o) and should have some action taken against her. She learned this behavior somewhere, perhaps at home. The parents should not only step up to the plate but should also be held accountable including restitution to the neighbors.

  8. Debbie Bailey Johns

    I would be very surprised if her parents or another adult aren't behind this. Children this age don't wait for packages to be delivered so they can steal them. And why is she not in school?? Where are the parents?

  9. Glenda Davis

    I agree tha th parents are involved and should be punished for the girl's actions nd repay the neigbors in form of volunteer work or buying gifts back in the same amount was taken.So she is out o school and this is wht she does for hobby. they need to show her face so kids can be aware of her with their belongings. What if they move to a neighborhood.Theyhav done this before.

  10. Glenda Davis

    I agree tha th parents are involved and should be punished for the girl's actions nd repay the neigbors in form of volunteer work or buying gifts back in the same amount was taken.So she is out o school and this is wht she does for hobby. they need to show her face so kids can be aware of her with their belongings. What if they move to a neighborhood.Theyhav done this before.

  11. Michelle Creason

    It's very probable that her parents have put her up to this. Because no one is really going to punish an 8-year-old.

  12. Jill Jamison

    They should put her in jail to scare her and hopefully she won't do that again… But I to think her parents are behind this the child should be punished or how else is she going to learn that stealing is wrong.

  13. Anonymous

    ha ha not funny! i wonder if you always worked for your money vargas. si si

  14. Anonymous

    they all need to file charges and that brat needs to be sent to a shrink —at the very least –

  15. Barbara Pendergast-Thomas

    She was in school.. the thefts were happening right after the school buses dropped the kids off.. If you paid any attention to the video at all youd see the lady say she thought it was the high school kids when they got home from school.. but it happened when the elementary bus dropped off. As for the parents.. if they both work, they probably arent home yet.. Kids get home from school around here between 230 and 5pm. Or as someone else suggested the parents were in on it.

  16. Maria Triveri

    Her parents probably know all about it. They might be ones putting her up to it, because they know if they did it and got caught they would go to jail. Their daughter wouldn"t. Parents are probably selling everything on e-bay or at the flea markets. Lots of stolen merchandise at those places.

  17. Anonymous

    I think the neighbor lady with the home business that planted the camera should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for child packagephelia. Imagine the permanent anguish and mental torment the poor poor hewpwess underage little 8 year old beeby went through while opening and and consuming those mean old stolen packages. I am going to LAUGH AND SCREAM AND SHOUT SOOO HARD with pure jubilant joy when I see them throw that lady in a cell with Bubba the back door ram and then castrate every loose dangling appendage on her. Whew! Aren't you glad you can tell I'm not a psychotic child rape mental case? Whew.. now back to work at Venus Acme CEO Tyler Moore incorporated. "I'm Going to MAke It On My Own"… Ohh! here comes another one. gotta run! (HEEEWP! – HEEEWP) – Mrs. Boop

  18. Homer Redding

    an 8 year old knows enough not to steal, even prompted by parents. id suspect too they are involved. id let the stealing brat rot in a jail cell.. ALONE. overnight. id bet shed never steal again. and if the parents are in on it. for shame. I hope you rot in prison and her grandparents are better role models.

  19. Barbara LeBouton West

    So all of us KNOW the parents are behind this because THEY know that her age protects her from any kind of REAL punishment…so why the heck can't the COURT see what WE all see and get this under control before she gets too old and too GOOD at this? Probation should be for the whole FAMILY and they should ALL be required to volunteer….attend classes…whatever…no such thing as TOO much education for ALL of them on what the consequences are going to be if this continues.Back in the day an ass whooping would have ended my "career in crime" but these days…..that seems NOT to be an option AND I really think her parents were behind this.

  20. Shawn Rodriguez

    It's hard to believe that she could walk through her front door with thousands of dollars of packages with no one seeing her, or walking into her room without seeing gobs of boxes and wondering where it all was coming from. The parents were obviously involved and should be held responsible and prosecuted.

  21. Andrew Cantur

    Mr vargas im sure u benefit from obama, let me guess u r a republican? trust me unless u make 100,000 a yr or more republicans see u as trash, a minority, scum beneath their feet so shut it and b gratefull obama is in office…loser. besides even if u did make that much…u r still seen as a middle class at best, wow u sell jewelry, not even a professional smh

  22. Mike Lemons

    If it were me and I caught her she'd be dead right now.too many slaps on the wrist and they go out and do it again.screw this little punk! I got a package for you! powwow.go ahead and sue parents.

  23. Anonymous

    How could the parents not notice that their 8-year-old was bringing home their neighbor's unopened packages, regularly? This smells of either parent involvement in the theft, or absolute neglect of their young child's whereabouts and doings.

  24. Benjamin Hunt

    her face and her name should be made public. she should be held responsible for her actions. she obviously knew that what she was doing was wrong. if she is made to feel the weight of her actions now it is possible she won't be stealing later in her life. I doubt it, however, it is possible.

  25. Victor John Dennis Lipari

    This young girl needs to be punished along with her parents and it should be up to the law to decide to what extent that should be. Anyhow, if all of them get away with this, then how much further will all this thievery go?

  26. Kelly Penn

    Someone has taught her to do this. Normal 8 year olds don't think this stuff up and do these things without someone older pressuring them to do it. Maybe this is a case where the parents should be accountable as well as the child with some sort of fine or something as you can't honestly believe they were oblivious that she was showing up with stuff like this.

  27. Diane Funk

    an eight year old stealing packages and with christmas right around the corner, I sincerely doubt this little thief is doing it on her own. one package, maybe two but those many smacks of an adult making a child steal knowing fully well nothing will happen to the kid. I agree with my fellow responders. an adult or adults has to be involved in some large way. oh and why isn't this little opne school? whether you can do anything to the kid is one thing but getting to the root of the situation should be primary. if it involved me, I would demand the authorities do something and then report back to those who were directly affected.

  28. Betty Mullugeta

    I am always scared to let my boys alone in the quit neighborhood where we are living let alone to send them to somebody's house.Where were her parents when she does THIS? This is America, where criminals are looking for kids.It is sad and bad.Her parents have to have control over their little daughter. She is really innocent. Her parents are really irresponsible.

  29. Anonymous

    it would have been funny if they hide in the box and watch her try to carry and move it. THEN BLAH! I GOT YOU LIL BIOTCH.

  30. Jet Thompson

    silly, don't you know her parent put her up to this? that way no jail time for mother or father – duh – it is unfortunate that she will be a thief for life cause now she's got the bug – she didn't just walk down the street with those boxes, or unpack them – get them fingerprints and prosecute – dag, people will do anything with anybody…. sadd

  31. Jet Thompson

    she just moved them to rip off another building -police should have checked for other boxes in the home and dumpster –

  32. Jeff Davenport

    She obviously knew it was wrong, just by the way she was walking to front door.
    I would have pressed charges against the parents…… otherwise it will probably happen again and again.

  33. Jorge Brito

    Benjamin I agree with you. She should spend a few days in a juvenile assesment center and be charged as a juvenile to be shown on her record until she turns 18.